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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits, which can lead to better overall health and prevent issues and deaths stemming from poor nutrition. 

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The Central North Alabama Health Services, Inc. Health Care System has partnered with the Food Bank of North Alabama to bring events to its patients and community. 

Huntsville Family Health Center     

March 16, 2022

Athens Family Health Center         

March 22, 2022

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Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients includes proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Protein builds and maintains our bones, muscles, and skin. Carbohydrates (carbs) are broken down into glucose. Glucose is the main source of energy for your body’s cells, tissues, and organs. Fat is a type of nutrient. You need some fat in your diet but not too much. Fats give you energy and help your body absorb vitamins. Dietary fat also plays a major role in your cholesterol levels. Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. Your body uses minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, etc..) for many different jobs, including keeping your bones, muscles, heart, and brain working properly. Water helps your body keep a normal temperature, lubricate, and cushion joints, protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, and get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.

The key to healthy eating is to:

  • Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products
  • Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products
  • Drink lots of water
  • Limit salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans-fat in your diet

 

People with healthy eating patterns live longer and are at lower risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. For people with chronic diseases, healthy eating can help manage these conditions and prevent complications.  

Helfpul Videos

Understanding food labels
Lower Your Sodium
Facts about Fats
Added Sugars
Myplate.gov
Serving Size
Shopping Tips
Frozen Vegetables
Canned Fruits
Children- new foods
Infants- breast milk
Scale back on sugar
Stretching is important
Cardio is good for the heart
Get Physical

Get Your MyPlate Plan

We are here for you.

If you are concerned about your weight or nutrition or that of your child’s, talk to your primary care provider (PCP) or pediatrician.  You and your PCP/pediatrician can evaluate your health risks and discuss your options.  

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Know Your Numbers Day- Huntsville Family Health Center
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke, among other things. Our healthcare staff , ...
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Know Your Number Day – Toney Family Health Center
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke, among other things. Our healthcare staff , ...
Know Your Numbers Day – New Market Clinic
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke, among other things. Our healthcare staff , ...
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Beginners Get Moving Classes
9:00 am - 11:00 am
These certified instructor-led sessions are geared towards people who are new to exercise or are getting back to exercising.  This free event is open to CNAHSI patients, staff, and the public. Registration is required.  Space is limited register today at National May Observances – Central North Alabama Health Ser , ...
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Know Your Numbers Day – Athens Family Health Center
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) is to have your blood pressure tested. Understanding your results is key to controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke, among other things. Our healthcare staff , ...
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