March News 2012

National Nutrition Month

Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

March is National Nutrition Month! The theme for 2013 is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." It encourages personalized healthy eating styles & recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural, & ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. JMU does a great job of offering healthy food options that are also attuned to your tastes! Here are some of their most popular options:


Next time you go to Cranberry Farms, think about getting the Roast Turkey Breast at only 263 calories! Pair it with a veggie medley and mashed potatoes and you have a delicious meal that is healthy but still allows you to eat a comfort food favorite.

Market One

Out of all the delicious choices at Market One, a healthy choice is the Pasta Bowl. Add chicken to give you that extra boost! If salad isn't your thing, try the Balsamic Chicken Panini at only 420 calories. Steer clear from the Ziti!

Top Dog

Surprisingly, many of the Mongolian options are super healthy for you and campus favorites! Steamed Dumplings are yummy and low in calories. Pair it with Wonton Soup and some White Rice and you have a great lunch. Shockingly, a whole Country Fresh Panini is 1082 calories and a no go when trying to stay healthy!

PC Dukes

As much as everyone loves the Chicken Wraps, they are loaded with unneeded calories and fat. Try a healthier option like two Portobello soft tacos or a delicious Mandarin Chicken Salad.

Food Myths: BUSTED

Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day

Calories are calories are calories, and it doesn't matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in. -John Foreyt, Ph.D.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is worse for you than sugar

High-fructose corn syrup was created to mimic sucrose (table sugar), so its composition is almost identical to sucrose's (55 percent fructose, 45 percent glucose; with sucrose the ratio is 50:50)

You crave certain food because you're deficient in one of the nutrients they provide

Not unless you are a deer or moose. Human food cravings tend to be more about satisfying emotional needs. -Marcia Pelchat, Ph.D.