Why Nutrition Matters for an Active Lifestyle

Live Healthy, Eat Well
Nutrition Advice by Laura Baker MS, RDN, LD

What comes to mind when you hear the word nutrition? Most people think of health and wellness and of course food. Food is meant to nourish our bodies, give us the fuel we need to power through our daily lives and be enjoyed. Food has the amazing ability to heal, repair and optimize human potential. Our brain needs this fuel just as much as our body. It helps sustain our energy, focus on the task at hand, power our movements, build muscle and so much more. In order to lead a healthier lifestyle, and improve our quality of life, nutrition must be a factor. The truism “Your health is your wealth” cannot be overstated. Nutrition is not the entire picture, but it is foundational to a healthier lifestyle.

Five Reasons to “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” -Hippocrates

  1. Reduce the risk of heart disease (#1 killer of Americans today)
  2. Mood enhancement
  3. Better sleep -What mom out there doesn’t want that?!?
  4. Improved Brain Function
  5. Boost immune system- We all need that for the cold/flu season

These are only a few of the many reasons why good nutrition is important to enhance your life. Nutrition combined with physical activity is a dynamic duo to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. I am excited to bring this component to Active SWV and provide you with expert nutrition advice, cutting edge research and up to date nutrition information. As a Dietitian it is my goal that in the pursuit of good nutrition, you will encounter delicious foods that enhance your meals, increase energy levels, optimize health and give you the boost you need to live the active life you want.

Stay tuned for nutrition tips to follow in future Active SWV newsletters. This new addition to the newsletter is provided by Active SWV’s Workplace Wellness Director: Laura Baker MS, RDN, LD.

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