The COVID Diaries: Eating from the Pantry – the Benefits of Meal Planning

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat discusses the benefits of meal planning using pantry staples. With a little thought, meal planning can help you get the proper nutritional balance. Making healthy food choices can help with increasing immunity as well as uplifting our mood.      Stress impacts the diet choices we make, making it harder to choose healthy foods because of boredom or feeling stressed. Nazia Sadat, MS, MPH, MS Ed., RDN, LDN offers helpful tips and advice on managing healthy eating, creating meal plans, using pantry food staples, and managing stress levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighted quotes from the presentation: “Given the COVID-19 situation that we are all in right now, our stress levels are at an all-time…

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Nutrition Professionals Respond to USDA's Proposed New Rulings

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
In March of this year, the Food and Nutrition Service—operating under the United States Department of Agriculture—proposed new rulings within the Employment & Training sections of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These rulings allowed potentially-affected industries and organizations to respond within 60 days of the proposal. What is SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides nutrition benefits to low-income individuals and families that are used at stores to purchase food so they can maintain health and move towards self-sufficiency.  The program is administered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through its nationwide network of FNS field offices. – U.S. Department of Agriculture Participants of the SNAP program receive access to exclusive benefits…

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Linking nutrition and research key to U.S. leadership in global nutrition investments

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
Four years have passed since government officials representing eight separate U.S. federal departments and agencies launched the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2016-2021. The sub-groups that make up this unit have worked to define the purpose and role of each member, identified six technical focus areas, and accomplished national achievements through inter-agency collaboration that reinforces the United States’ position as a leading investor in nutritional health. Among the many agencies and U.S. government departments that make up the coalition include: Peace Corps S. Agency for International Development (USAID) S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) White House Office of Science and Technology Policy S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) What is the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan? The…

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Get the full picture of what’s in your food with the new Nutrition Facts label

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
January 2020 marked the official compliance date for food manufacturers—with annual revenue of $10 million or more—to update the nutrition label found on their products as a result of the 2016 FDA Nutrition Facts Label Rule and Serving Size Final Rule. To best support these manufacturers as they shift production to meet the deadline, the FDA assembled a task force to create ongoing education and media campaigns. These campaigns alert consumers to the change, develop public understanding regarding how the changes can benefit consumers, and initiate educational outreach that prioritize specific populations such as low-literacy consumers and those with an elevated risk of nutrition-related diseases. In 2018, UNE Online shared more detail about the Nutrition Facts Label Rule and the

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Nutritional experts advise USDA against recommended changes to school nutrition standards

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
Approximately 30 million children receive school-provided lunch–and almost half those receiving breakfast as well–through coordinated efforts and federal partnerships operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA provides these meals to over 99,000 public and nonprofit private schools as well as reimbursement for meals that align with federal nutrition guidelines and standards established in 2010 through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). (Many changes that this policy enforced moved into effect in 2012.) Despite the growing evidence illustrating the positive impacts HHFKA has brought forth, the USDA proposed multiple reforms in January 2020 that reverse these effective nutritional standards. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Notable legislation passed in 2010 that updated nutritional standards for school meals for…

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Leading RDs share 3 top ways nutrition can protect and improve your health during a pandemic

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
Discovering creative ways to adjust to a new, temporary way of living demands flexibility and patience. As many prioritize their personal health to reduce exposure to the coronavirus, nutrition remains an essential piece of the regimen to help strengthen your immune system and overall health. Maintaining a well-balanced, nutritious food routine can be challenging even in optimal conditions. With protective guidelines adding a new layer of complexity and making proper food choices for you and your family seem less convenient or accessible, accomplished members of the American Society for Nutrition share expert tips to prove that making simple, everyday steps can lead to improved overall health through nutrition. Part of their top 3 steps include manageable suggestions for putting these…

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Immune-boosting foods proven to reduce your risk of infection

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
As COVID-19 test kits reach key areas across the country and opportunities to be tested rise, the world eagerly waits as health experts explore possible cures and develop vaccines for future protection. A proven and effective way to toughen your immune system includes a nutritious diet filled with nutrients your system relies on. Although you’re likely familiar with the many letters paired with “vitamin” like K, D, and C its doubly important to know what food sources provide your body with these immune system essentials. In a recent article reported by CNN Health, they breakdown the key foods, preparation methods, and boosting effects they play in improving health. Some of the immune-boosting staples include: Nutrient Food Source Effect Vitamin C…

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