Thursday, March 8, 2012

Parish Nurse News - by: Nancy Jones

Greetings! I hope you and your loved ones are experiencing Christ’s peace, wholeness and joy.  March is recognized as National Nutrition month, and I would like to focus our attention on Healthy Eating. Eating provides for the nourishment of our bodies, minds and spirits. God has graciously provided food to nourish our bodies, invites us to share our food with both fellow Christians and strangers, and offers Himself as the ultimate food. I want to share the following dietary guidelines from the U.S. Government with you, and encourage you to make healthy food choices. If I can be of any help to you, please contact me. May the Lord bless your eating and strengthen your body, mind and spirit. Dietary Guidelines:
*Reduce fat intake to less than 30% of calories *Reduce cholesterol intake to less than 300mg/day

*Eat protein in moderation (4-6 ounces of meat, fish or poultry/day) *Eat more grains & legumes (at least 6 servings/day) *Eat 5 servings/day of fruits & vegetables

*Limit salt intake to 6 grams/day *Eat the equivalent of 2-3 glasses of milk/day *Eat a variety of foods from different food groups *Emphasize protective foods (whole grains, fruits & vegetables and calcium rich foods)

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