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Title: Eating Healthy on the Run

Eating Healthy on the Run!
  • By
  • Nathan Taylor ATC/L
  • Adapted from Eating on the Run and Dashboard
    Dining by
  • Annette Pairsh, M.S., CFCS
  • Delaware County Office
  • Delaware County Building, Room 202
  • 100 West Main Street
  • Muncie, IN 47304
  • 765-747-7732

The Problem
  • Obesity
  • Obesity and related chronic diseases are on the
    increase in our youth.
  • Nearly 2/3 of U.S. adults are overweight
  • 1/3 of U.S. adults is obese
  • Why?
  • Busy Lifestyles
  • Stress
  • Minimal cooking skills

The Problem
  • Dashboard Dining
  • Eating a meal while driving
  • This can be unhealthy because
  • Fast food offers few healthy choices
  • Being in a hurry causes us to eat too fast and
    over eat.
  • We may skip meals and hit the vending machine

Eating on the run can be unhealthy
A Healthy Diet What is it?
  • Whole grains
  • Vary vegetables
  • Focus on fruits
  • Use good fats
  • Choose calcium-rich foods
  • Choose lean protein
  • Limit sweets, sugars, alcohol

Guidelines to Good Nutrition
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Choose foods low in fat, especially saturated
    fat, trans fats, and cholesterol
  • Avoid high levels of sugar and salt.

What is Healthy Eating Behavior?
  • Choose a variety of healthy foods for you and
    your children.
  • Eat consistently throughout the day (try making
    at least one of you meals a sit down meal in an
    unhurried environment with the whole family).
  • Rid your eating environment of distractions so
    you can be aware of your sense of fullness.

Fast Food Alternatives
  • Pack and Go!
  • Visit fast food and restaurant websites for
    nutritional information.
  • Some places provide handouts or brochures on
    their lighter fare. Ask!
  • Read the nutrition label!

Pack n- Go
  • Pack your own meal.
  • Bagel with peanut butter
  • Make dinner a sandwich or a wrap with lean
    sandwich meat, whole grain bread or tortilla, and
    low fat spread.
  • Lowfat muffins

Pack n- Go
  • Pack snacks to tide you over until you can sit
    down to a real meal.
  • Granola bars
  • Juice boxes or yogurt drinks.
  • Whole fruit or sliced raw vegetables.
  • Cereal in a baggie.
  • Nuts or trail mix

Dashboard Dining Safety
  • Perishable foods (i.e., cheese sticks, yogurt and
    yogurt drinks),
  • Pack them in ice or in a well-insulated lunch
  • They should not stay un-refrigerated for more
    than two hours, and when the temperature is 90
    Fahrenheit or warmer, that time is reduced to one

When Eating on the Go
  • Fried or breaded
  • Regular mayo or salad dressing
  • French fries or chips
  • Regular soda
  • Coffee /or lattes with cream or whole milk
  • Donuts or giant muffins

When Eating on the Go
  • Grilled or baked
  • Lite or fat-free mayo, mustard, or dressings
  • Baked chips or pretzels
  • Water or diet soda
  • Coffee /or lattes with 2, 1, or skim milk
  • Bagel/English muffin with lite cream cheese.

Other dashboard alternatives
  • Opt not to get the meal deal! (The sandwich alone
    will save money and calories).
  • Order the smallest size.
  • Split your meal or save half for later.

Eating on the go can not only be unhealthy, it
can be unsafe
  • Avoid
  • Sloppy sandwiches
  • Items requiring utensils.
  • Try
  • Mixed nuts
  • Whole or dried fruit
  • Beverages with a straw

Any questions?