March is National Nutrition Month! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” and is a time to encourage everyone to “adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.”
One of the keys to eating healthier, and a focus of the American Heart Association during March, is understanding the amount of sodium in foods—especially foods commonly eaten by children.
Kids’ preferences for salty foods are shaped earlier in life, and about 90 percent of kids eat too much sodium. Do you know where children are getting their sodium from? The answers might surprise you! Check out this infographic (a Spanish language version is located here) on where kids get most of their daily sodium intake from.
Want to know more? Take this quiz from the American Heart Association and test your sodium knowledge!
Keep an eye on the next few Inside Track issues for more information on National Nutrition Month!
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