For The Health Of It: Observing National Nutrition Month

For the health of it:  Observing National Nutrition Month

CHENANGO COUNTY – Each March, National Nutrition Month is celebrated to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound habits. Small changes to your daily eating or drinking habits can make a positive difference to your health. The Chenango County Health Department 2019 health campaign encourages you to “Rethink Your Drink, Chenango: Drink Water.”

Drinking water is important for overall health and well-being. It is a simple change that anyone can make in their daily lives that can greatly change overall health for the better.

Heart Disease is the number one cause of premature death in Chenango County, ranking #1 in NY State. Four out of ten adults living in Chenango County are obese. This high incidence of obesity directly affects health outcomes such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Chenango County ranks #4 for its rate of hospitalization with diabetes as primary diagnoses. 35% of our residents suffer from high blood pressure. Three out of five children are affected by tooth decay. The numbers tell us that we have a lot of work to do to achieve better health.

Drinking water can reduce your risk for the following conditions: Obesity, Dental Caries, Heart Disease, Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, Liver Disease, and Kidney Disease.

Drinking water is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks such as soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks or sports drinks. Many of these types of drinks contain more sugar than people often realize, giving them unwanted extra calories and causing tooth decay. Popular soda brands contain approximately 15-18 teaspoons of sugar in one 20 ounce bottle and 275 calories.

Some sports drinks, iced teas and flavored waters that people often view as healthier alternatives to soda contain 8-12 teaspoons of sugar in one 20 ounce bottle and 160 calories. It is very important to read labels when choosing these drinks.

Drinking one 12 ounce soda a day can lead to a weight gain of 15 pounds a year.

The Chenango County Health Department will be doing a variety of education and awareness this year focused around “Rethink your drink: Drink Water,” visiting medical providers, educating community partners, creating displays, posters and print materials, along with radio spots and variety of other activities. All new parents will receive information about drink recommendations by mail, including when to introduce juice and how much. Here is a short list of some of those tips:

• No juice for under 12 months old, unless recommended by your child’s doctor

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