MARCH- The Importance Of Good Nutrition And More!

Better Nutrition Means a Healthier You
March is National Nutrition Month, focusing attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.   2024’s theme is “Beyond the Table,” which addresses the farm-to-fork aspect of nutrition, from food production and distribution to navigating grocery stores and farmers markets — and even home food safety and storage practices.  

What is the Farm to Fork strategy when it comes to good eating?

The Farm to Fork Strategy aims to accelerate our transition to a sustainable food system that should: have a neutral or positive environmental impact. help to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts. reverse the loss of biodiversity.

Why should you be concerned about nutrition when it comes to food production and distribution?

Industrial food production contributes a third of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and its heavy use of fresh water, fertilizers, and pesticides has an immense ecological impact. This creates a vicious cycle of environmental degradation that further harms children’s access to safe, healthy and nutritious food.

What’s the best way to navigating grocery stores when aiming for good nutrition?

Stick to the outside perimeter of the store for more whole, fresh foods. Start at the fruits and vegetables then continue to the meat, seafood, and dairy sections. The middle aisles normally have more packaged and processed foods. When shopping the middle aisles, look for fresh, frozen, or whole grain foods.

What are good practices for home food safety and storage?

In every step of food preparation, follow the four guidelines to keep food safe:

Clean—Wash hands and surfaces often.
Separate—Don’t cross-contaminate.
Cook—Cook to proper temperatures, checking with a food thermometer.
Chill—Refrigerate promptly.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). If you’re 45 to75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re younger than 45 and think you may be at high risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you’re older than 75, talk to your doctor about screening.

Colorectal polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. That’s why getting screened regularly for colorectal cancer is so important.

Signs of Colon Cancer

Change in bowel habits. A change in bowel habits means that you are experiencing these changes since “normal” is different for everyone….

-Rectal bleeding, or blood in stools.
-Changes to stools
-Severe fatigue
-Weight loss
-Iron deficiency anemia
-Low blood count

Screening Test Options

Several screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer, including some that you can do at home. Each test has advantages and disadvantages. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of each test, and how often to be tested.

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