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El Pasoans To Get their “Plate in Shape" For National Nutrition Month

El Pasoans To Get their “Plate in Shape
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POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5:24pm

The El Paso WIC program was promoting healthy eating during National Nutrition Month®, an information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Get Your Plate In Shape" was this year's theme and focused on balancing the calories still enjoying desired foods.

“There are so many things we focus on and spend a lot of time making decisions about during our daily lives, but when it comes to what we put in our bodies, too many times, we simply go for what’s fast and convenient. We want to change the mindset in El Paso so that we all begin to stop and consider the long-term effects of our food choices,” said Celeste Care, Senior Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, Department of Public Health.

The events are as follows:

Walk with WIC
Saturday, March 17, 2012
 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Park
1701 N Copia St. El Paso, TX 79930

Food Demonstration Class
Saturday, March 24, 2012
1:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Ysleta Center
110 Candelaria

Healthy Recipe Contest for DPH Staff
Thursday, March 29, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
DPH Training Room

The Department of Health said there were four easy ways to get started on the path of a healthier plate:

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
• Switch to low-fat or fat-free milk.
• Make at least half your grains whole.
• Vary your protein choices.

Food demonstration classes at WIC centers will be held throughout the month. To learn more about the WIC Program and all of the other services provided by the Department of Public Health, please visit: www.elpasotexas.gov/health.

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