Celebrate healthy diet choices in January

When: Jan. 6 – 12

What: The holiday season is a time of indulgence. Big, celebratory feasts are held and treats and cookies are doled out with reckless abandon. Often, people tend to pack on some “holiday weight” that they resolve to lose once the new year rolls around. During the month of January, choose healthier dieting choices during Diet Resolution Week.

Background: Diet Resolution Week stresses the importance of focusing on what you put on your plate, not how much. Instead of choosing a small portion of chips, choose an apple. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010), a healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milk products. During Diet Resolution Week, make the right eating and diet choices.

Story Pitch: A wide variety of groups and organizations can help to promote Diet Resolution Week. Gyms, fitness centers and dieticians will want to promote their services to help people reach healthy goals. Grocers and restaurants can also get in on this event by offering and promoting their healthier selections. Meanwhile, retailers can feature new active wear that may help people get into the spirit of working out.

Story Hook: According to the Centers for Disease Control, overweight or obese people are at risk for the following conditions: coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, hypertension, stroke  and liver and gallbladder disease. Healthy eating can prevent high blood pressure and reduce the risk of certain cancers and diabetes. Consider the following when you make your pitch:

  • What are the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables?
  • How do healthy diet requirements differ for children and young adults?
  • What are some ways to increase fruit and veggie consumption into the diet of a picky eater?
  • Which diets have had the most success?

Tips: A dietician who knows about healthy dieting and proper eating habits can discuss the importance of a balanced diet as opposed to a fad diet. In addition, someone who maintains a balanced diet while also focusing on watching their weight can provide insight into diet and weight loss.

Resources:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
(312) 899-0040
media(at)eatright.org
www.eatright.org

Centers for Disease Control
(800) 232-4636
cdcinfo(at)cdc.gov
www.cdc.gov

United States Department of Agriculture
(202) 720-2791
www.usda.gov

United States Department of Health and Human Services
(877) 696-6775
www.hss.gov

–Researched, compiled & written by Kimberly Cooper
Event Dates  from CHASE’S Calendar of Events