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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • UCO to promote healthy lifestyles in honor of National Nutrition Month

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  • The University of Central Oklahoma Healthy Campus Initiative will host weekly events throughout March on campus and in the Edmond area for National Nutrition Month.
     
    National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The campaign focuses on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
     
    “Supermarket Smarts” will be at 1 p.m. March 14 and 1 p.m. March 28 at the Homeland on Danforth and Bryant in Edmond. UCO Peer Health Leaders will teach participants how to shop for recommended food groups and read food labels, as well as tips for finding the healthiest options while touring the supermarket. To reserve a spot at one of these events, email grocerytour@gmail.com.
     
    The UCO Campus Cook program will also have a series of healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the month. The first demonstration on March 8 will teach participants how to create healthy desserts. On March 11 participants will learn how to make a healthy Indian dinner. The last demonstration on March 29 will focus on cooking healthy Mexican cuisine. Each demonstration starts at 1:30 p.m. in the kitchen of the Human Environmental Sciences building on campus. Reservations are required to attend this event and can be made by emailing Brittney Criswell, health promotion coordinator, at bcriswell@uco.edu.
     
    Every Wednesday in March from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors to the Nigh University Center will find the “Ask a Dietetics Student” table near the food court. Students in nutrition, dietetics, and food management programs will answer questions about eating nutritious meals and living a healthy lifestyle and offer free nutrition resources and educational materials.
     
    For more information, visit www.uco.edu/wellness/hf/healthpromotion.

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