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National Nutrition Month with the East Side Health District

March 25, 2016

Check out this information that was put together by the East Side Health District in East St. Louis. The East Side Health District is one of the local agencies participating in the Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children project, through our cooperative agreement with the CDC.

March, known as “National Nutrition Month,” is a month-long celebration emphasizing the importance of making healthy choices about eating and physical activity.

East Side Health District will have multiple nutrition-education activities that are full of information and enjoyable for all!

The new theme of National Nutrition Month for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which inspires everyone to enjoy meals, especially the array of available flavors and social experience of dining together.

Adding herbs and spices to meals adds an abundance of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, lowering cholesterol levels, anticancer, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Spices and herbs not only do the body good but also make the meal taste even better!

Common herbs include basil, cilantro, dill, and oregano, and common spices include turmeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and garlic. Blending herbs and spices can add wonderful flavor to any dish!

During National Nutrition Month also try to enjoy food traditions, such as making a great-grandparent’s famous chili recipe. When eating any food, take the time to savor flavors. Also, try to share meals with others. It has been proven that eating with others lowers stress, improves digestion, and increases overall quality of life, which can help prevent families from overeating. In conclusion, make sure to eat the majority of meals with others if possible.

Varying the diet will provide balanced nutrients. Finally, limiting the consumption of fat, and added sugar products can help keep your body healthy. This will ensure you are on the right path to lifelong vitality!

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March Flavor and Health Tip: Cinnamon, one of the earliest spices ever documented, has a sweet and aromatic taste that fills baked goods, curries, and even beverages with deliciousness. Cinnamon is very helpful in regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and it has an immense amount of antioxidant properties!