March is National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month!
By Shannon Perrett, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information
campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food
choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
"Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether
it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling
before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference.
Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance
can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for
National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits
healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut
back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you
"Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
- Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
- Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan
ways to use leftovers later in the week.
- Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right
for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
- Continue to use good food safety practices.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
- Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered
dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized
nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
*Sources: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,
www.eatright.org, National Nutrition Month 2018