Nutrition month highlights healthy eating, active living

    Canadian Diabetes Association supports Nutrition Month 2008

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Your mother was right! Eating your fruits,
vegetables and whole grains will make you healthier and help you feel great.
That's the message the Canadian Diabetes Association is helping to spread
during the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month(R), sponsored by
Dietitians of Canada.
    A good first step is to consult the Dietitians of Canada top 10 tips for
what you need to know about food and nutrition, available at
    "The importance of healthy eating is a message that the Canadian Diabetes
Association actively promotes," said Sharon Zeiler, Senior Manager, Nutrition
Initiatives and Strategies. "I hope these tips will encourage everyone to
follow a healthier lifestyle."
    For those who want to prevent chronic disease, such as type 2 diabetes,
here are some key points from the dietitians' list:

    - Give your food portions a makeover. Tune in to moderation in serving
sizes. Larger servings add up to extra calories that can lead to weight gain.
Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide and the Canadian Diabetes Association's
Beyond the Basics resource can show you realistic portion sizes to help keep
your body healthy.

    - Want to feel your best? Eat well and get physical. Healthy eating AND
physical activity are both essential to maintain and improve health.

    - Colour your world with vegetables and fruit. Dark green and deep orange
vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, squash and carrots are full of
health-promoting anti-oxidants. Most vegetables without sauce are quite low in
calories and so may help maintain a healthy weight.

    - Quality counts. Whether at home, school, work, or play keep healthy
food choices top of mind. Your body needs more than 50 nutrients each day to
keep it working its best. Make healthy choices such as whole grain breads for
sandwiches, colourful fruits for snacks, and yogurt to tide you over until

    - Be a savvy shopper. Get the nutrition facts on foods from the label.
All packaged food in Canada must now contain a Nutrition Facts table which
gives you important information about serving size and 13 nutrients. For more
information on reading labels, see

    "National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to make a personal
commitment to eat well and be active," said Sharon Zeiler. "I hope Canadians
are encouraged to make and keep their commitment to healthier living all year

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. The Canadian Diabetes
Association: setting the world standard. To learn more, visit or
call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

    National Nutrition Month(R) is a Dietitians of Canada initiative.
Dietitians of Canada represents and supports almost 6000 dietitians across
Canada and has led the National Nutrition Month(R) Campaign for over 27 years.
For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Brace, Manager, National Media
Relations, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7071,

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