Making informed food choices and developing good eating and activity habits are all a part of staying as healthy as we can. Who doesn’t want that? Sometimes, however, this is easier said than done. We may have good intentions, but life sometimes gets in the way of our plans. What’s a person to do?
Consulting the Eat Right® website from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a step in the right direction. Not only are there general and specific topics on food, health and fitness, there is information related to a person’s age and sex with these topics. As I sifted through this website, I found that the United States Nutrition Facts label was updated and features information based on the latest scientific evidence to help consumers make better informed food choices. That is great news for label readers like myself who try to get the most information we can from our food label. Check out this great website at http://www.eatright.org.
If you’ve been told by your health care provider that you are also at risk for diabetes or have been called “pre-diabetic” due to a high fasting glucose, hemoglobin A1C, BMI or family history, learn about the Diabetes Prevention Program. This evidenced-based, year-long program has a healthy eating and physical activity focus where you’ll learn how to eat right. PTI has a program starting March 6 and it’s not too late to join! See our website for more information at www.transformcoach.org. Research has shown that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent of delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
As we strive in our daily lives to eat right for health and, in the process, reduce our chance for diabetes, we are taking positive action to keep ourselves and our families healthy. Pat yourself on the back and give yourself a thumbs up. You deserve it.