Maintaining Optimal Nutrition is Essential During This Coronavirus Pandemic

Proper nutrition is one of the pillars of good health. During a global pandemic like the one we are all currently experiencing, “Healthy eating is especially important for keeping your immune system in top condition,” according to the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). The World Health Organization (WHO), explains that, “Good nutrition is crucial for health, particularly in times when the immune system might need to fight back. Limited access to fresh foods may compromise opportunities to continue eating a healthy and varied diet.”

The WHO offers the following general tips for maintaining optimal nutrition during this global coronavirus pandemic:

  • Make a plan -Take only what you need to avoid the overconsumption of food and food waste.
  • Be strategic about the use of ingredients by prioritizing fresh products over non-perishables and considering freezing leftovers for future use.
  • Prepare home-cooked meals.
  • Take advantage of food delivery options especially those that offer “contact-less” options.
  • Be aware of portion sizes for both adults and children.
  • Follow safe food handling practices such as keeping hands, kitchen and utensils clean; separating raw and cooked food; cooking food thoroughly; keeping food at safe temperatures; and, using safe water and raw materials.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains that, “During this public health emergency, government agencies have developed flexibilities to help individuals who use programs such as Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also developed plans for children who participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs so that they are able to have continued access to food during prolonged school closures.”

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