Food and Nutrition

Giving Children and Adolescents a Healthy Start Through Nutrition

By LT Dennis Anderson-Villaluz, MBA, RD, LDN, FAND, nutrition advisor, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Establishing healthy dietary patterns early in life can provide young Americans with the foundation to continue those behaviors throughout later life stages. Unhealthy dietary patterns and inadequate physical activity in children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 contribute to overweight and obesity — as well as increasing the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life...

Make Every Bite Count, Even Little Bites!

Image displays six different scenarios where a healthier food choice can be made. Choose cereal with minimal added sugars over cereal with added sugars. Choose Fruit, for example, canned in 100% juice instead of fruit products with added sugars. Choose roasted vegetables instead of fried vegetables. Select vegetables instead of high-sodium snacks. Eat ground lean meats instead of high-sodium meats. Choose unsweetened beverages over beverages with added sugars.

By Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD, Nutition Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion The period from birth until a child’s second birthday is a critically important time for growth and development. Nutrition during this early stage of life not only affects the health of the growing child, but may continue to affect their health through adulthood...

Make Every Bite Count During National Nutrition Month

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By Janet M. de Jesus, MS, RD, Nutrition Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion National Nutrition Month, celebrated each year in March, is an opportunity to focus attention on the importance of healthy dietary habits and making every bite count. On December 29, 2020, the U...