VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month®, we want to remind our Veterans the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
There can be a misperception that eating healthy means giving up your favorite foods. Food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns can affect our food choices, but Veterans can take charge of their health by following some simple recommendations.
- Eat a variety of foods and beverages selecting from the basic food groups. Choose foods that are: high in fiber (whole-grains); have little added salt or sugars; and are low in saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol. Limit alcohol consumption.
- Get the nutrients you need in a healthy way by following a balanced eating pattern, such as those provided by using the MyPlate food guide.
- Maintain (or aim for) a body weight in a healthy range. To achieve your weight goals, balance the calories you take in from what you eat and drink with the calories you burn through activity. For additional weight loss information, please see the Healthy Living Message: "Strive for a Healthy Weight."
- Specific recommendations for calorie intake to maintain weight will vary depending on a person’s age, sex, size, and level of physical activity. Recommended total energy intakes range from 2000 to 3000 calories per day for men and 1600 to 2400 calories per day for women.
Learn more information about eating wisely by talking to your primary care provider about getting nutrition counseling.