New nutrition labels help consumers make
- More than half of Mesa County
residents are overweight or obese. Healthy eating habits can contribute to
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has changed processed food nutrition labels to help consumers make
healthier choices, which can improve eating habits.
- The new labels feature:
- More realistic serving sizes in
larger, bolder type.
- Calories in larger type.
- Updated daily values of fats,
cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and protein.
- Added sugar versus natural sugar, in
an effort to help consumers monitor and limit added sugar intake.
- A change in required nutrients, featuring
those Americans often don’t always get enough of such as iron, calcium, vitamin
D and potassium.
- Often times, the healthiest foods
don’t need labels, like fruits and vegetables.
- For more information on the changes,
Pedestrian and bicycle safety
- Warmer weather means an increase in
pedestrian and cyclist traffic in Mesa County.
- Every two hours, a pedestrian dies in
a traffic crash in the U.S. and thousands more are injured every day.
Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be
killed in a car crash.
safe while walking and cycling:
- Increase visibility at night by
carrying a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing.
- Cross streets at designated crosswalks
- Use the sidewalk when walking. If no
sidewalk exists, walk on the shoulder of the road, facing traffic.
- Cyclists should use bike lanes
whenever possible, and ride WITH the
flow of traffic.
- All pedestrians, cyclists and drivers
should obey all traffic laws.
an alert, safe driver:
- Be extra cautious in areas where children
may be present, like school zones, parks and playgrounds.
- Slow down for crosswalks as you
- Stay alert for pedestrians in parking
- Be aware of bike lanes.
- Mesa County can be a healthy and safe
place to walk and bike. Be a courteous and observant driver, pedestrian or