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Be the Best You Can Be in 2023

March is National Nutrition Month®

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH 1.Move your body Nutrition doesn’t end at what we eat. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages making exercise an integral part of our lives. 2. Meet with a dietitian. They’ll provide you with a detailed meal plan that makes sense for your lifestyle and goals. Many, if not most, health insurance plans cover the cost of dietitian services. The Tennessee Department of Health does offer Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to the public. A registered dietitian completes these visits. These visits are completed in person with the dietitian. We currently have three dietitians in our area that can assist with these services. There are two at the Maury County Health Department and one at the Giles County Health Department. The dietitian in Giles has the ability to complete these visits at the Lawrence County Health Department if it is more convenient for the patient. For those interested in receiving this service they need to contact either the Maury or Giles County Health departments to set up an appointment. The patients insurance will be billed for these services. Maury County (931) 388-5757 and Giles County (931) 363-5506. What is Medical Nutrition Therapy: Medical Nutrition Therapy, often abbreviated as MNT, is an evidence-based medical approach to treating certain chronic conditions through the use of an individually-tailored nutrition plan. This nutrition plan is completed by a Registered Dietitian. 3. We all know drinking water helps in nearly every aspect of wellness. 4. Choose food over supplements. Though there are some who sincerely lack certain vitamins and minerals that can’t be achieved through diet alone, most of the good things our bodies need come from food — not store-bought supplements. 5. Opt for color. When in doubt, throw some color on your plate — natural color, that is. Bright greens from crunchy vegetables or vibrant reds from tangy fruit give you a healthy boost. 6. Pack your lunch - Avoiding typical restaurant or fast-food grease, even more important than that is the ability to control portion sizes when you pack your own lunch. 7. Shop the perimeter. Shopping a supermarket’s outside aisles ensures that you’re getting healthy alternatives. WHY NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH IS IMPORTANT This month gives us an opportunity to reflect inward and make tangible changes to our diets or workout regimens. It could be as simple as adding another veggie or fruit to every meal. We’ll look (and feel) better. When we eat real, nourishing foods, we’re getting a wealth of vitamins and minerals that support not only healthy internal function, but give skin, hair, and nails an extra glow. Look good, feel good.

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