Archive for the ‘Paul’s Picks’ Category

Paul’s Pick for June: MyPlate

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

by Connie Evers, Truth on Health guest blogger

For the month of June, Paul and The Truth on Health Support MyPlate!

Have you heard? The official US food symbol is now MyPlate, a replacement for the food pyramid. Most nutrition experts agree that the new shape is better because it shows us what a healthy meal looks like. MyPlate is piled with nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables and features foods rich in protein and grains as side dishes. Dairy in the form of 1% or nonfat milk, yogurt, cheese, or a fortified soy beverage rounds out the meal.

Of course, not every meal that we eat is going to fit nicely on a plate. In fact, I would guess that the majority of the foods we eat in America are “all mixed up.” Sandwiches, soups and stews, stir-fry dishes, lasagna, tacos, pizza, and smoothies are all examples of combination foods.

So, to make some sense of how well YOUR plate measures up to MyPlate, a little dissection is in order. You first need to separate the foods you eat into their individual parts.

For instance, let’s take a look at the Ming’s Roll Up that Chef Ming Tsai and Paul Pierce recently made for the FitClub34 program:

Vegetables – grilled vegetables and iceberg lettuce
Fruits – avocado (did you know that avocado is a fruit?), lime juice
Grains – whole wheat wrapper
Protein – grilled chicken or sliced turkey

Wow, all of that in just one roll-up! The only thing that is missing is dairy so be sure to include a glass of 1% or nonfat milk. Also, because there is only a small amount of fruit, you may want to add apple slices, strawberries, melon, or your favorite fruit.

Now, it’s your turn. Download the blank MyPlate worksheet.You can use this sheet in many different ways:

Use it as a diet record. Draw pictures or write the names of all the food you eat each day. Are you filling up all the spaces? Is half of your plate fruits and veggies?
Analyze your favorite food to see how many food groups it contains.
Going out to eat? See if you can choose a meal that will include all the food groups in the right amounts.
Take a look around your kitchen. Are there foods from every food group that you like to eat? If not, start making a list to take on the next shopping trip.
Plan a menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner that has all the foods in the right amounts.

There is a lot more information about MyPlate at the website, http://choosemyplate.gov

Paul’s Pick: Safe Routes to School

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

By Paul Pierce & The Truth on Health Team

There are so many great things out there that will help you stay fit and be healthy. Every month, if I see something that’s new, noteworthy and that I think you should know about, you will hear it here first! The pick for the month of May is the National Center for Safe Routes to School and their programs such as the one that’s happening today!

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program will partner with schools all across the state and hold the Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Children all across the commonwealth will walk or bike to school on that day in a statewide effort to promote a healthy lifestyle. Walking and biking to school each day to and from school can contribute towards the development of a lifelong habit of physical activity.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School institutes programs to make routes safe for children to walk and bike to school. The programs purpose is to educate parents, students, and teachers on safety and suggest engineering and infrastructure changes on routes to and from school. Walking and biking can reduce the traffic and air pollution in the area around schools while encouraging students to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Paul and the Truth on Health acknowledges the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day!

Pauls Pick’s: The Truth on Health Supports ‘nPlay Foundation!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The pick for April is the n’play Foundation, a coalition of 35 athletes dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

The foundation’s purpose is to raise money to put directly back into schools to ensure they have the tools to promote an environment of health and wellness and meet the criteria of the USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge. Athletes involved in the foundation include softball player Jennie Finch, basketball player Grant Hill, and our very own Paul Pierce!

The n’play Foundation has set a number of goals including reducing the rate of childhood obesity by 5% by assisting over 1,000 schools and 5 million children with the programs they fund. The foundation of athletes is committed to helping students, parents, and teachers strive for a healthier lifestyle

Paul and the Truth on Health acknowledges the n’play Foundation!

Paul’s Picks: The Truth on Health Supports National Nutrition Month!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

By Paul Pierce & The Truth on Health Team

There are so many great things out there that will help you stay fit and be healthy. Every month, if I see something that’s new, noteworthy and that I think you should know about, you will hear it here first!

March is National Nutrition Month, a nutritional information campaign started by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign highlights the need for Americans to make informed food choices and encourages people to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. The month is promoted by the American Dietetic Association, an organization of 70,000 members making it the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is “Eat Right with Color”, a message that encourages Americans to eat colorful fruits and vegetables with each meal. Colorful, plant-based foods are rich in nutrients and have a variety of personal health benefits like healthy vision and a reduced risk of cancer.

Paul and the Truth on Health acknowledges the American Dietetic Association and National Nutrition Month! Visit www.eatright.org/nnm for more information!


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Paul’s Picks: The Truth on Health Supports Alliance for a Healthier Generation!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

By Paul Pierce & The Truth on Health Team

There are so many great things out there that will help you stay fit and be healthy. Every month, if I see something that’s new, noteworthy and that I think you should know about, you will hear it here first! The pick for the month of February is the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, which supports youth health in schools across the country.

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