A healthy diet with plenty of fiber and fluids can help keep your digestive tract running smoothly, according to registered dietitian Carolyn O'Neil. A healthy digestive tract also is the first line of defense for the body's immune system and is better at absorbing vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has introduced a bill to boost spending on child nutrition programs by $4.5 billion over 10 years, less than the $10 billion President Barack Obama asked for in his budget. The legislation, called the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, would also authorize the Department of Agriculture to set new foods standards, including banning junk food in schools.
Dietitians are increasingly getting help from dietetic technicians, who are trained to answer basic questions about diet and health for a variety of clients and patients. Technicians working in hospitals can analyze nutrition histories and conduct nutrition screenings, while those in public health can talk with clients about eating habits and nutrition basics.
The American Dietetic Association reports that more people than ever are embracing healthy living as it promotes its "Nutrition From the Ground Up" campaign as part of National Nutrition Month. Registered dietitians are encouraging people this month to develop better habits with small steps such as eating more fruits and vegetables and kicking off each day with a healthful breakfast.