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    P.O. Box 660
    Eagle, Colorado 81631
    Phone: 970-328-8840

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    0020 Eagle County Drive, Suite E
    El Jebel, Colorado 81623
    Phone: 970-328-9586 
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County celebrates March as National Nutrition Month

Contact: Jennie Wahrer, Maternal & Child Health Manager Public Health at 970-328-2604 or 

Eagle County Public Health joins CSU Extension in celebrating March as National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme, “get your plate in shape,” promotes healthy eating in Eagle County by encouraging residents to eat a variety of nutritious foods at every meal. Through the nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Healthy Aging nutritional meal program, and CSU Extension’s Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), efforts are being made to promote healthy eating.

According to Jennie Wahrer, Maternal & Child Health Manager in the county’s Public Health Department, food is meant to be enjoyed but eating less is the key to weight management and disease prevention. "One way to accomplish this is by eating the foods you enjoy while being mindful of portion sizes and total calories," said Wahrer.

Wahrer says a key step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is putting less food on your plate, and offers five simple and practical ways to “get your plate in shape:”

Be mindful of your daily calorie needs: Divide your plate into four sections, one for whole grains, lean proteins, vegetables and fruits, and a side of dairy.
Avoid oversized portions by using smaller plates, bowls and glasses: The standard 10-inch plate may be too large. Switch to an 8-inch or appetizer-sized plate and you will automatically eat less without feeling deprived. Pile your plate with nutrient-dense, lower-calorie foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein foods like beans, seafood, lean meat and poultry.
Get into the kitchen and stay in charge of what you're eating: Cooking at home allows you to balance your plate, while enabling you to choose healthier fats, less sodium and increase the fiber in your diet.
Watch out for liquid calories: The calories in fruit juices, sports drinks, sugar-laden coffee beverages and soft drinks can add up fast. Also, think before you drink alcoholic beverages as they have calories too.
Log in: Food logging can be a great tool for keeping track of the foods you eat and ensure you stay within your calorie limit. You'll likely eat less and savor your food more.

For more information regarding nutrition and health, contact CSU Extension at 970-328-8630 or the local WIC program at 970-328-8840. For information about the Eagle County Healthy Aging nutritional meal program, call 970-328-2610.