March is National Nutrition Month

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Every year we celebrate National Nutrition Month in March. This month is created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in an effort to educate people about how they can make changes for a healthier lifestyle, starting with food. The theme for 2015 is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was founded in 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was created by a group of women that wanted to assist the government in the conservation of food and in boosting public health during World War I. Today, there are over 75,000 members, including registered dietitian nutritionists, and other dietetics professionals.

As the years have gone by, the mission of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has evolved with the times. They are committed to making a positive change in the health of the nation by the power of research, accessible education, and advocacy for the specific help that dietitian nutritionists can provide. One of the tools they use to pursue this goal is National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month was instituted in 1980, and ever since then the public interest in nutrition and health has only grown. NNM is a great opportunity to learn about proper nutrition and what it takes to keep your body healthy. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a ton of resources for those who are interested in learning more about nutrition during National Nutrition Month.

Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are detailed on the many handouts made to help reach out to the public. From coloring pages for young children to nutrition-themed Sudoku games for adults, every demographic is addressed in a way that is accessible to them. The goal of National Nutrition Month is to make information about being healthy easy to find and easy to learn.

To give you a better idea of what National Nutrition Month is about, here’s just a small portion of the information that NNM is getting out there.

● Eat a breakfast with lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.
● Half of your plate should be fruits or vegetables.
● Be careful about portion size. Make sure you’re not eating too much or too little.
● Be physically active. Children need an hour of exercise per day and adults need 2 ½ hours per week.
● Cook at home rather than eating out. You have more control over the health of the ingredients and portion size.
● Drink plenty of water to avoid hunger between meals and avoid sugary sodas and drinks.
● Explore new foods. You never know what kinds of healthy new foods you might enjoy, giving you a new way to get necessary nutrients into your diet.
● Learn how to read food labels. Once you know what to look for, you can more easily choose foods that are good for you and stop buying the ones that are unhealthy.

National Nutrition Month is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can live a healthier lifestyle. If you want more information, go to www.nationalnutritionmonth.org.

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