Heart Message for March

Carol Wolbert, Joint Projects News & Events

March is here and that means Nutrition Month has arrived! Following Heart Month, March is all about learning how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle and learning how to Eat Smart! Healthy eating does not have to be hard. Whether you are planning your next meal, packing lunch for your kids, improving your cooking skills, or trying to make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, we have the resources and information you need.

Ticker Tips for You, Fellow Staff, & Family

  1. AHA Diet & Lifestyle Guidelines – Are you getting the recommended level of nutrition in your current diet? Find out here. We also have a separate list of dietary recommendations for healthy children
  2. Heart-Healthy Recipes – All of our heart-healthy recipes can help you cook with less sodium and added sugars, without sacrificing any of the flavor!
  3. Understanding Food Nutrition Labels – Learning how to read and understand food labels can help you make healthier choices.
  4. Suggested Serving from Each Food Group – Do you know how much you are really eating? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the portions served are the right serving size for our nutritional needs.

Activity for Students:

  1. Have each student bring in a food item with a Nutrition Label it
  2. In Groups, have them discuss and compare their labels: calories, serving size, total fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, sugars, protein
  3. Have them decide as a group which food item is better from their discussion from the Nutritional Label

Fact:

A 16-ounce bottle of soda can have as much sugar as 20 sugar cubes!

Activity for Students:

  1. Display a 16-ounce bottle.
  2. Stack 20 sugar cubes next to the bottle.
  3. Lead students to discuss how this amount of sugar could affect their health.