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National Nutrition Month

Eating healthy is a lot easier said than done. Changing eating habits to incorporate healthier foods and drinks doesn’t happen overnight. For National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to start small – one forkful at a time and “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”

Each March, the Academy along with nutritionists, dietitians and healthcare and fitness professionals encourage everyone to focus eating healthier through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme: “Put Your Best Fork Forward” encourages everyone to find a healthy eating style that works for them, whether eating at home or dining out. How much you eat is just as important as what you eat.

The Academy emphasizes balancing food and drinks within an individual’s energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific meal. Changing your eating habits to a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment. But you don’t have to go through this lifestyle change alone! The Academy encourages healthy eating and physical activity be done with a good support system (family, friends, colleagues, etc.). Some small changes that you can start doing today include:

  • Start the day with a nutritious breakfast.

  • During each meal, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

  • Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains.

  • When dining out, don’t be afraid to ask how the food is prepared or for a substitute or an extra side of vegetables.

  • Talk positively about eating healthy foods. Kids, family members, friends and colleagues are listening.

  • Work with a registered nutritionist to create a plan that works best for you.

  • Schedule time for physical activity. You are more likely to stick to this if you have others join you and schedule a time that you know you’re likely to keep.

  • Be realistic and patient. Nothing happens overnight so take things slow and be patient as you embrace your new healthy lifestyle.

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National Groundwater Awareness Week (March 5-11)

Groundwater is a vital resource and the demands for groundwater in Ohio are increasing.  According to the Ohio EPA, nearly half of Ohio’s citizens, businesses and industries use ground water as their main source of drinking water.  It’s important to keep groundwater free from contamination to avoid serious health risks and to reduce the need for treatment costs, which are usually passed on to consumers through increased water bills or taxes.

Since groundwater is a shared resource, everyone can do his/her part to keep contaminants out of groundwater:

  • Limit the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and other lawn and garden chemicals
  • Don’t pour chemicals down the drain
  • Recycle used motor oil and anti-freeze
  • Report illegal dumping by calling (614) 871-5322 or visiting www.itsacrime.org
  • Join in a stream, beach or wetland cleanup group
  • Have your septic system inspected regularly
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Get your well tested

 

Resources

Franklin County Public Health Water Quality Program
Groundwater in Ohio Factsheet from the Ohio EPA
The Groundwater Association
Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District