NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH – “Nutrition from the Ground Up “

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH – “Nutrition from the Ground Up “

 (March 1, 2022, Salisbury, MD) Every year, the month of March is dedicated to National Nutrition Month, aiming to promote awareness about the importance of eating healthy and making positive lifestyle choices. Poor nutrition contributes to many diseases, including obesity, heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, etc. Maryland consistently has high diabetes prevalence rates. In Maryland, 10.5% of adults have diabetes (nearly 500,000) and 34% have prediabetes (approximately 1.6 million). Balanced nutrition is a critical factor in preventing so many chronic disease illnesses. And, proper nutrition begins at birth!

This month join the Wicomico County Health Department (WiCHD) in choosing to eat healthy by trying new fruits and vegetables, being physically active, and in reading nutrition labels. Being able to read nutrition labels is a very important, but easy to learn skill.

 Healthy Tips for a Balanced Diet:                                 

  • Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Get active
  • Drink more water
  • Choose nutrient rich foods
  • Make healthy meals at home
  • Experiment with plant-based meals

Starting March 30th at 12:00 p.m., WiCHD will offer a free 12-month program called ‘Prevent T2’. This evidence-based program can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in those who are at high risk.

To qualify for this class, candidates must complete an online health screening assessment by March 25th, 2022. The screening is a private 1-minute online assessment to gauge personal risk of pre-diabetes. If your online assessment comes up positive for potential pre-diabetes, you will be eligible for the program and should contact WiCHD for registration information. The online private assessment link is: https://doihaveprediabetes.org/ .

Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented if you take action before it’s too late! Take steps now before it affects you and your family. A majority of the participants in this program succeed and reduce their blood-work levels to normal levels.

To learn more or register for this program, contact Emily Deckert at emily.deckert@maryland.gov or call 410-334-3480 ext.16491. For more information about National Nutrition Month, visit www.eatright.org/nationalnutritionmonth.

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