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Monday, February 28, 2011

Huron Focuses on Nutrition

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

National Nutrition Month starts Tuesday and Heath Unit focus on locally grown food.

The Huron County Health Unit is focusing on the abundance of food produced in our own backyard during National Nutrition Month which starts Tuesday.

Health Unit Dietician Amy MacDonald tells Bayshore Broadcasting News much of the focus is on healthy eating when we're not at home.

She says more people eat out or order out than in the past and that we should give thought to making healthy choices when ordering restaurant food.

MacDonald points out you can ask for smaller portions, more fruits and vegetables and order items that are prepared with less fat.

MacDonald believes healthy eating is only part of good nutrition.

It has to be paired up with a proper amount of sleep and trying to cut the amount of stress.

The Health Unit's theme for Nutrition Month is "Celebrating Food from Field to Table" and focuses on locally grown food.

MacDonald works with the Huron-Perth Farm-to-Table Network which eases residents' access to local food through the Huron Good Food Box program.

She says good nutrition is especially important for children and teens.

The Health Unit works closely with the two local School Boards to make sure children are eating what they should when they're at school.

MacDonald says you can find out more about healthy eating and a nutritional lifestyle by logging on to www.huroncounty.ca/health

 

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