Fit & Fresh Tips

Even though March is National Nutrition Month, at Harrington we feel every month should celebrate healthy eating and staying fit! Our Nutrition Services Department works hard to make sure we are all eating right and choosing foods to keep us going all day.

Feeling overwhelmed with trying to eat better? Harrington and the ADA encourage you to start with a plan, and build up to bigger steps. See this attached fact sheet for more information!

Need some Healthy Snack Ideas for the Superbowl (or whenever?!) We've compiled few favorites with a 'heart healthy' twist.

Here are some additional tips that might help you today, next week, or any month of the year! We're proud to offer you information in association with The American Dietetic Association.

Eat Right with Color
This year's theme is "Eat Right with Color," encouraging you to pack more nutrition into your day with colorful foods on your plate.

Research is uncovering the benefits of pigment-related phytonutrients — and the colorful fruits and vegetables that supply them. Different foods add a variety of color, texture, shape and flavor to meals and snacks, as well as different nutrients and phytonutrients. Vary the color on your plate to provide a festive and nutritious meal.

  • Green: avocados, apples, grapes, honeydew, melons, kiwi, limes, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach
  • Orange and deep yellow: apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruits, mangos, papayas, peaches, pineapples, carrots, yellow peppers, yellow corn and sweet potatoes
  • Purple and blue: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins, eggplant, purple cabbage and purple-fleshed potatoes
  • Red: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grape fruit, red grapes, watermelon, beets, red onions, red peppers, rhubarb and tomatoes
  • White, tan and brown: bananas, brown pears, dates, white peaches, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, white-fleshed potatoes and white corn

Health Tips for Men

Since men have more muscle and are typically bigger than women, they require more calories throughout the day. Moderately active males should eat 2,000 to 2,800 calories per day. Your energy needs depend on your height, weight and activity level.

For energy, weight management and disease prevention, men should eat whole grains like whole-grain bread, pasta, cereal, brown rice, oats, barley; fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in fiber, help manage hunger and fullness and help fend off certain cancers, such as prostate and colon.

More than women, men gain weight around the middle; that’s due to the male hormone testosterone. If your waist measures more than 40 inches around, it’s time to shed some pounds. This fat around the waist is typically buried deep in the abdomen and increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease and dementia.

Food Safety at Home
Maintain Good Meat Safety

  • Use one cutting board for meat and another for vegetables and other ingredients.
  • Keep raw meat and seafood separate from other foods. Store meat on the bottom shelf or in the meat bin in your refrigerator. This will keep meat juices from dripping on other items
  • Thaw meat properly in the microwave or refrigerator. Never thaw frozen items by leaving them on the counter or soaking them in hot water.
  • If your recipe requires marinating for more than a minute or two, put meat and marinade in a covered dish in the refrigerator.

For more information on Health, Food Safety and Weight Mangement, vist the ADA's website.