September is Fruit & Veggie Month, a time to focus on increasing consumption of healthy plant foods loaded with nutrients. For helpful tips on healthful eating, utilize our nutrition CEU courses and the resources below.
Why should you focus on nutrition education?
Consider these alarming statistics:
- More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese.
- The obesity rate in American children has tripled over the past 30 years and their expected lifespan is now less than their parents.
In addition, healthy eating is associated with reduced risk for many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death:
- heart disease
The evidence is overwhelming – eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables can go a long way in preventing chronic disease and premature death. So, how can you and your patients eat healthier?
Be intentional about increasing consumption of plant-based foods:
- Add one more fruit or vegetable per day to your breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Try a new recipe. Search Pinterest for healthy recipes. Just because a food is “healthy” doesn’t mean it has to taste bad!
- Drink fruit or vegetable smoothies.
- Use dips and spreads with raw veggies. The closer a food is to its original form (raw), the greater the amount of nutrients. (Cooking foods decreases their nutritional value.)
- Eat a rainbow of colors! Why? One word: phytochemicals. These are naturally-occurring plant substances that provide health benefits beyond those that essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals) can provide. For example, the anthocyanin that gives berries their red and blue hues are particularly heart-healthy and can help reduce high blood pressure.
To learn more about healthy eating, check out our nutrition CEU courses:
This Seminar-on-Demand is 3 contact hours in length:
- Health effects of obesity
- Insulin rejection
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Portion control
- Causes of obesity
- Research on calorie restricted diets
- Energy processing and storage
- New theories of causes: Obesity
- Glycemic Index
- What’s so good about fiber
- Review of different diets
- Exercise efficiency and food suggestions
This course presents a comparative view of nutrition as it relates to the treatment of disease. There is an emphasis on the evaluation of current nutrition in the US as well as the current theories on digestion/absorption and cellular metabolism of macronutrients in weight management.
Applications of nutrition interventions and exercise are discussed for obesity and obesity related complications including cardiovascular disease, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes.
Additional Nutrition CEU Courses:
- The Power of Partnering on a Nutrition Team!*
- Decision Making for Alternate Nutrition and Hydration*
Additional Tips to Increase Consumption of Fruits and Veggies:
Using Sweet Potatoes:
Preparing Bell Peppers:
Storing and Using Pineapples:
*Check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession.