This Saturday at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' market, visit with UnityPoint Health diabetes and nutrition experts as they provide education on proper nutrition, portion control and healthy substitutions. Enjoy tasty samples of our favorite healthy snacks, and let your kids try their hand at measuring dry goods and pouring liquids at our "Kids in the Kitchen" exhibit!
Adults and children alike should understand the importance of proper nutrition. Food fuels our bodies, and helps boost our immune system and fight disease. A healthy, balanced diet plays a crucial role in preventing obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer - chronic diseases that can lead to death. Poor nutrition increases your risk for such disease, but the good news is, YOU are in control of what you eat.
The Five W's for Healthy Nutrition:
Stop by our tent located at 3rd & Court to learn more about proper nutrition and tips from our experts at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. Start making healthier choices today as a family, and together you will feel great, look great and improve your health!
- WHO needs to eat healthy? No matter your age, gender, race, or ethnicity, EVERYONE benefits from a healthy diet!
- WHAT foods should you eat? Foods rich in antioxidants (like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes) boost your immune system while fighting off disease-causing free radicals. Eating a diet rich in nutrients and learning to avoid empty calories - junk food - are two keys to maintaining a healthy weight.
- WHERE should you eat? To avoid over-eating, try to avoid "screen time" during a meal. The TV, computer, iPad are all distractions, and you're likely to eat more when you're glued to the screen. without even realizing it.
- WHEN should you eat? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it jump-starts your metabolism and fuels your body for the day's activities. To keep that metabolism revved up, try eating smaller potions more often throughout the day. Also, avoid eating a heavy meal right before bed.
- WHY should you eat? Food should be seen as fuel, not as a reward or punishment or a coping mechanism for stress. It's important to know the role food plays mentally, physically and emotionally.