March is dedicated to encouraging Oklahomans to live healthier
TULSA, OK – March is National Nutrition Month and with spring approaching, Shape Your Future and the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership encourage Oklahomans to turn over a new leaf and take steps to become healthier. The National Nutrition Month Campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Shape Your Future a statewide health initiative funded by TSET and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), participates in National Nutrition Month by encouraging Oklahomans to eat more nutritious foods. Poor nutrition causes serious negative health consequences, including obesity, heart disease, some cancers, stroke and diabetes. In fact, obesity-related deaths are increasing at an alarming rate, as more than 30 percent of adults and more than 14 percent of adolescents are obese in Oklahoma. Additionally, 10 percent of Oklahoma adults have diabetes, 6.5 percent of Oklahoma adults are pre-diabetic and heart disease still remains the number one killer of both men and women.
“Healthy eating paired with physical activity can help improve the health and well-being of our state,” said Dr. Colony Fugate, member of the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership. “As adults, one of the best ways we can encourage our children to form healthy habits that will last is to improve our own health, and enjoy good food and fun activities together.”
To enjoy the “Taste of Eating Right,” Shape Your Future has posted dozens of recipes on its website, ShapeYourFutureOK.com/EatBetter/Recipes, that provide a healthy twist on classic recipes, all while not sacrificing flavor. Recipes include potato salad, baked tomatoes, meat loaf, pasta primavera, green beans, barbeque pulled chicken sliders and more.
“Becoming healthier is not nearly as difficult as we all think,” said Miranda Manning, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant for the Center for the Advancement of Wellness through the Oklahoma State Department of Health. “It is all about making small, easy-to-achieve changes in diet and physical activity. Many seem to think that to become healthy you must deprive yourself, but in reality, small changes can make a huge difference.”
Shape Your Future’s easy tips to make you and your family healthier include:
Avoid oversized portions.
Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
Eat a variety of foods from all food groups.
Consume more low fat (1%) and fat free dairy products like yogurt, cheese and milk.
Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread and frozen meals—and choose the foods with lower numbers.
To learn more about National Nutrition Month visit www.eatright.org/nnm/. For more nutrition tips and recipes visit ShapeYourFutureOK.com.
Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.tset.ok.gov.
Tulsa County Wellness Partnership
The Tulsa County Wellness Partnership is a sponsored group of the Family Health Coalition and a CX grantee of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. TCWP is dedicated to changing policy and environments in Tulsa County to make healthy nutrition and fitness the easy choice in schools, workplaces and communities. TCWP advocates for policies and projects that promote healthy eating and active living. To learn more about local events or how to work toward a healthier school, workplace or community, please contact Daphne Gaulden at 918-595-4039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.