Welcome to 2007! With the coming of the New Year, athletes commonly think about making nutrition resolutions to go along with their training . Good thing, given only three to four percent of Americans follow all of the Dietary Guidelines established by the government. Americans need food help, but the question arises: How can we best teach the nutrition message?
This topic was discussed at a conference hosted by the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (Boston, Sept 19-21, 2006) and attended by about 250 dietitians, nutrition researchers and professionals who work in the food industry. The following are a few key messages:* Omega-3 fats (fish oils) are essential for brain function and fight inflammation, such as occurs with heart disease. Eating (fatty) fish once or twice a week is a wise idea.
<span face="Times New Roman">Making a winning diet
The government's Dietary Guidelines tell us what should eat, but the trick is teaching people (including athletes) HOW to do so. Three eating practices that implement the messages of the Dietary Guidelines and lead to better nutrition (and future health) are: Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!
(Photo provided by Bongarts, taken by Martin Rose)