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Make better food choices for you, family

Madigan Army Medical Center Public Affairs

Published: 12:00PM May 29th, 2014

Last year’s theme nutrition theme was “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”

The intent was to focus on the fact that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating.

We are all individuals with different eating patterns based on the foods we prefer, our lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns.

The theme supports Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho’s plan for helping Soldiers and the Total Army Family become healthier, called the “Performance Triad.”

The Performance Triad focuses on three areas necessary to maximize Soldiers’ health and improve stamina, the main being nutrition. Last year more than 1,600 Soldiers were discharged for not meeting height and weight requirements.

That’s why bringing attention to National Nutrition Month is critical to the overall health of the Army and other branches of the armed forces.

Basic nutrition guidelines recommend adults and children over 2 years old eat a variety of foods, while making sure to balance the number of calories eaten with physical activity to avoid overweight and obesity.

A well-balanced diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, grains (preferably whole grains), lean protein sources, and low-fat sources of calcium (dairy).

To follow the dietary recommendations for health and wellness, food choices should follow the “MyPlate” guidelines available at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

The MyPlate website has a variety of tools and resources to help guide you on your way, including sample menus and recipes, a “Super Tracker” to help you evaluate your eating and physical activity habits, and healthy eating tips.

Nutrition messages can sometimes be confusing. The MyPlate model takes some of the mystery out of what it means to eat a balanced, healthy diet.

When you incorporate healthy food choices with your eating preferences, you can Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day and be one step closer to a stronger, healthier you.

If you have any questions about your own eating habits or nutrition in general, make an appointment to see a registered dietician at your local medical treatment facility.