Sugar can be confusing to your students or clients.
They hear lots of different numbers … percent of calories from sugar, teaspoons of sugar, and grams of sugar.
They see lots of terms … natural sugar, added sugar, and other names for sugar.
They’re bombarded with misinformation … “I can’t eat fruit because it has sugar!” “Honey is natural so it’s healthier than sugar.”
Clear up the sugar confusion once and for all with our Sugar Math PowerPoint show that comes with speaker’s notes, handouts, and clipart.
Your audience will learn how to do the math when it comes to sugar:
How to calculate sugar limits by calorie intake
How to find added sugars on the Nutrition Facts panel
How to translate grams of sugar to teaspoons of sugar
How to tally up their daily sugar intake
And they’ll learn about:
Foods and beverages that are high in added sugars
How to spot hidden sugars
Simple swaps to lower sugar intake
Why cutting down on sugar is important to health
If you want to do it yourself, why not visit the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and show how the limit for refined sugar is 10% of calories per day?
Discussion points: what is refined sugar, and what is 10% of calories per day for most people? Look at a few popular food labels and discuss how these foods can fit. Ask the audience what they would do on 10% calorie budget for their sugar intake. Do beverages make sense?
Do you see your students, clients, or employees struggling in these post-pandemic days? Or perhaps you are stressed out yourself trying to get back to ‘normal.’
As healthcare professionals, we’re quick to point out how healthy eating and regular physical activity can help. We want to share all our knowledge. But for some folks, this isn’t the help they need right now.
The nurse who’s exhausted, the teacher who’s overwhelmed, the older adult who’s lonely, the teenager who’s anxious – they need our compassion, shown through messages like those depicted on our I Am…motivational poster.
Messages that emphasize that health and well-being is a journey. Every step you take counts, even those you take backwards!
The I Am… motivational poster gives gentle reminders that may resonate more with your students, clients, or employees:
Self-care (sleeping enough, forgiving a setback)
Healthy eating (eating mindfully when hungry, loving fruits & veggies)
It seems like processed and ultra-processed foods have been in the news a lot lately.
While some people get mired in conversations about what foods should be considered processed (canned beans? whole grain bread?), you can’t go wrong by promoting a plant-based eating pattern that’s centered on vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, and fruits.
We have some great ways to get your students, clients, or employees off the processed food track and on the road to a plant-based eating pattern.
1. One of our newest posters uses pictures to encourage nutrient-dense foods over ultra-processed ones:
Here are some tips for using this MyPlate-based poster to educate older adults – and their caregivers – about healthy and affordable food:
Protein priority: With sky-high meat and poultry prices, seniors need to learn about less expensive sources of protein. Proper portion sizes can also help – filling just one quarter of your plate with healthy protein is a simple way to stretch food dollars.
Going for the (whole) grain: The cheapest loaf of white bread isn’t the healthiest choice for older adults. Teach them to look for 100% whole grain bread, pasta, and cereal at a decent price.
Fruit and veggie steals: Buying in season makes filling half your plate with healthy fruits and veggies more affordable. Education about choosing and preparing canned and frozen fruits and vegetables can help as well.
Dairy deals: Skipping that cup of low-fat milk may be an effective cost-cutting measure for some older adults, but they need the nutrients supplied by dairy foods. Teach them to choose budget-friendly, healthy dairy products in the right portion size.
Stay home for sodium: Restaurant meals are typically higher in sodium – and more expensive – than home-cooked meals.
You can spread the word about healthy sleep with our Sleep Right poster, which provides an introduction to the importance of sleep and how to get a good night’s sleep.
Whether you’re working with students in the classroom, educating your followers on social media, or counseling individuals, here are some ways to slip in some sleep education:
It’s never too early: incorporate healthy sleep tips when you’re talking to new parents, teachers, and kids.
What you do during the day counts: emphasize that a good night’s sleep doesn’t just happen. What you eat and drink and your activity level can help or hinder your sleep.
Measure your sleep: an activity tracker on your phone or watch isn’t reliable enough to diagnose sleep issues, but it can give you a general idea of how you’re sleeping. (A pen and paper sleep diary will do the job, too!)
You can get too much: we talk a lot about getting enough sleep, but excessive sleep is also related to heart disease and other health problems.
We’re big fans of the Mediterranean-style eating pattern, so it’s not surprising to see it recommended in this this article from the Cleveland Clinic to help people fight stress.
Vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruit, whole grains, fish, lean protein, and healthy fats are foods that can help lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Why not offer some nutrition education to help your clients, students, or employees manage their stress? An added bonus of teaching the Mediterranean eating pattern is its positive impact on heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and overall health.
We have all the materials you need to spread the word about the anti-stress Mediterranean way of eating:
Start with our Mediterranean Diet PowerPoint show. With 100+ slides, handouts, and a leader guide, this has everything you need to put on a webinar series or a lunch-and-learn session. It’s also useful for individual consultations.