March Is National Nutrition Month
Start Now and Create a Healthier Diet for Life
How much you eat is just as important as what you eat, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Start with small changes to your eating habits — one forkful at a time. Eating a variety of healthful foods helps reduce the risk of preventable, chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Your healthy-eating plan should include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and lean proteins. Whether you’re cooking at home or dining out, put your best fork forward to help find your healthy eating style.
Your Kidneys: How to Keep Them Healthy
You can help protect your kidneys by preventing or managing health conditions that cause kidney damage, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. During your next medical visit, you may want to ask your doctor about your kidney health. Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms, so getting tested may be the only way to know your kidneys are healthy. See your doctor if you develop a urinary tract infection, which can cause kidney damage if left untreated.
Other health habits that can help keep your kidneys (and your whole body) in good shape include:
- Making healthy food choices.
- Making physical activity part of your day.
- Keeping your weight in a healthy range.
- Getting enough sleep.
- Stopping smoking if you smoke.
- Limiting alcohol intake.
- Exploring stress-reducing activities.
- Working with your doctor to manage diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.
About to Be a First-Time Parent?
Here’s Help for Baby-Care Concerns
During your hospital stay, make sure to ask the nurses for help with basic baby care. Don’t hesitate to ask the nurse to show you how to do something more than once. Before discharge, make sure you and your partner are comfortable with handling a newborn, changing diapers, bathing, dressing, swaddling, feeding and burping, cleaning the umbilical cord, caring for a healing circumcision, using a bulb syringe to clear nasal passages, taking a newborn’s temperature, and soothing your baby. If you are breastfeeding, ask for support from a lactation consultant.
Your baby’s first doctor’s visit is another good time to ask infant care questions. Also ask about reasons to call the doctor and about what vaccines your baby needs and when.
March Is Colorectal-Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death from cancer, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
The good news? If everyone ages 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Talk with your doctor about screening and take charge of your health.