Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? National Nutrition Month originally started as National Nutrition Week in 1973, and as popularity grew, the week evolved into National Nutrition Month in 1980. National Nutrition Month was developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to annually campaign for nutrition education and information. Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics develops a theme to help encourage healthy habits such as healthy eating and daily physical activity.
This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which focuses on incorporating physical activity as part of your daily routine, making informed food choices, and consuming fewer calories. National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) day is also celebrated on March 11th to increase the recognition of the RDN as the nation’s food and nutrition expert. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics goals are to promote maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic disease and sponsoring overall health. RDN’s have the ability to put these goals into action by helping individuals develop their own goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle through personal tailored nutrition advice. This March, remember to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” and try the health tips for below!
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables by incorporating them into snacks, salads, or sandwiches.
2. Cook more meals at home. Meals that are ate at home tend to be healthier and more cost effective than dining out.
3. Drink more water and less sugar sweetened beverages such as soda or non-fruit juices.
4. Eat seafood twice a week, seafood is high in omega-3 fatty acids which is a heart healthy fat that can help lower your risk for heart disease.
5. Be physically active, adults should get 150 minutes per week of exercise and children and teens should get 60 minutes per day of physical activity.
For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit eatright.org/nnm