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Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

No matter who you are, nutrition matters. Nutrition habits play a vital role in how you look, feel and interact in your day-to-day life. They impact your mood, emotions and even lifestyle choices. For instance, if you consistently eat unhealthy food, you might find yourself lacking energy, which can result in not wanting to exercise, which lends itself to weight gain, and so on and so forth. Needless to say, nutrition has a significant influence on our lives. 

This is why the month of March has been designated as National Nutrition Month! Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign celebrated each year. It focuses attention on the importance of making informed food decisions, thus developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition impacts every area of our lives, including our ability to live altruistically for others. So let’s dive into how you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Research recipes.
Healthy eating can be a daunting task. Where do you even start? One simple step to begin your journey towards better nutrition is researching recipes. Look online, check with friends or family members or even talk with nutritionists at local grocery stories to see what recipes they might have on hand. If necessary, research the ingredients themselves to see their nutritional value. This might seem overwhelming, but the best thing to do is get yourself out there and start compiling a strong number of healthy recipes you can rely on.

Read labels.
As you evaluate recipes and ingredients, learn how to critically read labels. Food labels can be incredibly suspicious. Between the strange proportions and the unknown ingredients, you might be tempted to simply skip the label altogether and buy what looks best. But, many things which look healthy, actually aren’t, and vice versa! As you research recipes, learn more about how to correctly read a food label. Then, once you begin grocery shopping, you won’t feel so overwhelmed as you expand your nutrition plan. 

Make a plan.
Speaking of plan, make one. As the old homage goes, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.” Nutrition is the exact same. Without a plan, you can quickly fall back into old habits and whatever available food happens to be on hand (healthy or not). Instead, plan out your meals at the beginning of the week, shop for ingredients and then write the meals on the calendar. Not only will you eat healthier overall, but you will also save money, waste less food and experience less stress during the typical dinner-time rush.

Keep healthy snacks.
As you plan, consider keeping healthy snacks present throughout your day. For instance, keep a bag of nuts in your purse for an energy pick-me-up in the afternoon. Or, have an apple at your desk in case you get hungry toward the end of the day. You are at your weakest when you start to crave snacks during lulls throughout the day, so make sure you’re prepared beforehand. Otherwise, you might just grab the closest thing possible. Have healthy options available so you can stay on track with your nutrition plan.

Eat early-on.
Most Americans tend to eat a minimal breakfast, small lunch and then a large dinner. However, eating late into the evening can actually have adverse effects on your nutrition because the energy is wasted on your sleep, rather than when you need it throughout the day. Instead, flip this pattern on its head by eating a large breakfast, then eating smaller meals during the day. If you don’t have time for breakfast, then a big mid-day lunch is the a better alternative to an enormous dinner.

National Nutrition Month is this month, and it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get involved. Live a fuller, more well-rounded life by learning about nutrition and seeing how you can apply it throughout your day-to-day activities. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel physically, mentally and even socially.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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