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Go Further with Food This March During National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month encourages everyone to eat healthy as a lifestyle

Post Date:03/07/2018 9:26 AM

DURHAM, N.C. – The idea of healthy eating can be easily ignored when on a limited budget.  Food is an expense that can be controlled, even when money is tight.  For National Nutrition Month® 2018, the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to "Go Further with Food." Planning ahead can encourage meals that are healthy and easy, while staying within a budget.

The January 2018 Cost of Food Report, provided by the USDA, revealed the costs of feeding a family of two to eat for a week can cost anywhere from $88.90 to $176.80. The cost for a family of four is $129.60 to $253.20.

“We understand that eating healthy can be costly, but there are ways to receive all of your nutrients while staying on budget,” said Meghan Brown, registered dietitian, DCoDPH.  “Our monthly grocery store tours and nutrition counseling offers budget-friendly alternatives for eating fruits and vegetables while grocery shopping.  Most of the cost-savings starts at home. Get more for your money by deciding in advance what foods to serve for meals and snacks.”

When planning menus, follow these important steps:

  • Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more.
  • Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days. Plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  • Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  • Be flexible and watch for weekly specials.
  • Decide to eat at home more days of the week.
  • Sign up for a grocery store tour and learn what foods to buy.
  • Stretch your dollars by including meals with one or more of the same ingredients.

DCoDPH is supporting National Nutrition Month® 2018 by hosting several opportunities to learn how to ‘go further with food.’

  • Grocery Store Tour, Friday, March 23, 10 a.m., Food Lion, 3022 Fayetteville Street
  • Healthy Eating on a Budget, Tuesday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lobby of Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street

For more information about the events, contact Meghan Brown at DCoDPH at mebrown@dconc.gov or 919-560-7578.  To find a plan that works best for you and your family, consult a registered dietitian by visiting eatright.org or contacting the DCoDPH Nutrition clinic at 919-560-7791. For more information, visit http://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z/public-health/services/nutrition.

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