Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 3/12/2019 Did you know? March is National Nutrition Month! Nutrition is a key to better health. The North Shore Health Department recognizes the importance of good nutrition in its current (2015-19) Community Health Improvement Plan (accessible at https://www.nshealthdept.org in the “Reports” tab) as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. In addition, our 2019-2023 Plan also includes Nutrition and Physical Activity as a priority area. The following nutrition tips are shared from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Eat Breakfast: Try a parfait of low-fat yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables: Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 and ½ cups vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types-fresh, frozen and canned. Watch Portion Sizes. Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Drink More Water. Quench your thirst with water instead of drinks with added sugars. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, you may already be dehydrated. Enact Family Mealtime. Plan to eat as a family at least a few times each week. Turn off the TV and phones to encourage mealtime talk. Get the kids involved with meal planning and cooking and use this time to teach them about good nutrition. Slow Down at Mealtime. Don’t eat on the run. Try to sit down and focus on each bite. Dedicating time to enjoy the taste and textures of foods can positively affect your food intake. Learn more about nutrition at the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/ Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.