Happy National Nutrition Month!

In March, we dedicate our attention to all things nutrition, this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will honor National Nutrition Month as its own theme.

History:

In March of 1973, ‘National Nutrition Week’ was initiated. National Nutrition Week was embraced as a way to deliver nutrition education messages to the public while promoting the profession of dietetics. In response to the growing public interest in nutrition, the week-long celebration was expanded to become a month-long observance in 1980.

Purpose:

To increase the public’s awareness of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. National Nutrition Month promotes the Academy and its members as the most valuable and credible source of current, evidence-based food and nutrition information.

National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day:

RDN Day is also celebrated during National Nutrition Month, on the second Wednesday in March. This occasion increases awareness of RDNs as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services, while recognizing RDNs and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

RDs are one in a melon! Show your RD friends some love and a-peach-iation!

2019 Campaign:

Promote healthful messages and achieve the Academy’s vision of a world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.

Healthy Tips:

1.      Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies add color, fiber, flavor, vitamins, and minerals to your plate.

2.      Watch your portion sizes. Get out some measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size.

3.      Experiment for more plant-based meals. Vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and lentils are great substitutes for meat and can be better for your overall health.

4.      Drink more water. Hydration is an important part for your body and skin.

5.      Be active. Physical activity has many health benefits. Start with just 10 minutes at a time and work your way up.

6. Get to know your food labels.Reading the nutrition facts label can help you shop, eat, and drink smarter.

Written by Colleen Wojdyla, dietetic intern