March 1, 2005

Go the healthy way...March is nutrition month


NEWMARKET - March is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is Go the Healthy Way… Eat Well, Live Well and Feel Great!  It’s time to get off the dieting bandwagon and jump on the healthy living path to a healthier and happier you.  Take the frustration, guilt and restriction out of eating and adopt gradual, realistic changes that will make healthy eating and physical activity a permanent part of your life. 


With the growing incidence of overweight and obesity, weight has become a top concern for many Canadians.   Many people are struggling to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  In York Region, recent figures show that 55% of men and 36% of women are overweight or obese.  A healthy weight is associated with a lower risk for diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers.


While dieting is a popular remedy, studies have shown that diets are not effective for long-term health and weight control.  A fixation on weight reduction and an ideal body shape makes people vulnerable to yo-yo dieting, weight cycling and restrictive eating plans.  Instead, research is pointing to permanent lifestyle changes and healthy habits as one of the more effective methods for long-term weight management and better overall health. 


For example, one study found that eating breakfast consistently and participating in regular physical activity were common characteristics of people who had successfully maintained a significant weight loss for over a year. 


Here are some helpful tips to Go the Healthy Way:

The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month reflects the positive, personal, feel good approach to healthy living.  “We want people to understand that healthy living is a life-long journey, says Candice Einstoss, Public Health Nutritionist and with any journey, it takes time.  There will be many triumphs and challenges along the way but the        end-result will be a healthy and happier you!  It’s also important to remember that it’s not only the end result that matters but how you get there.”


Visit the Dietitians of Canada web site at to obtain information such as Nutrition Month fact sheets, take the Go the Healthy Way weekly challenges and try the Eating and Activity Tracker to assess your own food and activity choices.  For a wide range of health and nutrition information and to sign up for the Healthy Measures E-bulletin service visit York Region’s web site at


For current nutrition and other related health information, speak to a Registered Dietitian at York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit


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Sandra Crescenzi
York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 x4195                                                                                      
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