For this week, I have invited Meghan McCarthy, the Assistant Director of USD's Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP) to share a few thoughts on healthy eating. CHWP is an excellent resource for our members as we work to develop all parts of our members - healthy mind, body and soul. Enjoy!
|The U.S. as visualized by the nearest McDonald's|
Do you know the farthest distance you can be from a McDonald’s in the contiguous United States? 107 miles (South Dakota).
This is a part of why for the first time in modern history, children's life spans are expected to be shorter than their parents. Most people eat communally, with family and friends, so understanding nutrition basics is not only important for you but for those who you share a table with.
Here some other healthy eating strategies to keep in mind…
- Think about what you had for lunch when deciding on dinner. No veggies yet today? A salad will help you get in the daily-recommended amount of 2 and half cups.
- What you eat every day is more important than what you do once in a while. Follow a good weekday breakfast routine and then enjoy Sunday Brunch.
- No matter how much you eat in one sitting, you will be hungry again 4 hours later. That is how the human body is wired.
- Learn how to read a nutrition label. It is the only way to know what fuel you are giving your body.
Meghan McCarthy is the Assistant Director for the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.