Celebrate National Nutrition Month This March!

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to educate the general public about making informed food choices and the importance of developing healthy eating habits and a physical activity plan. National Nutrition Month promotes the Academy as “the most valuable and credible source of timely scientifically-based food and nutrition information.”

One of the components of National Nutrition Month is to empower people to make informed decisions when it comes to food choices, portion control and reducing food waste.

One of the ways to maintain a healthy eating plan, per the campaign, is to include a variety of foods in one’s diet. A tool to help establish a healthy eating plan/style includes digital tools such as MyPlate. MyPlate can be found at choosemyplate.gov. Once there, enter your current weight, height, and activity level to calculate a personalized diet plan for you that incorporates all food groups. The plan can also cater to those looking to maintain or lose weight.

A  reduction in food waste is another element of the campaign this month. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation estimates that approximately one-third of food produced in the world is wasted each year.

Here Are Three Ways to Help Reduce Food Waste:

  • Plan and stick to a grocery list to help reduce the food that goes unused and in the trash.
  • Proper food storage practices can extend the lifetime of food in the fridge. Fruits and vegetables can ripen prematurely if improperly stored.
  • Keep your fridge clean so that you can see all of the food stored inside as well as keep your diet varied

Ways You Can Participate in National Nutrition Month:

  1. Host a potluck and encourage others to bring fun, healthy and varied meals
  2. Try a new recipe regularly
  3.  Make it fun and include your kids!
  4. Bring out the crock-pot
  5. Give yourself some grace
  6. Eat the rainbow!

For more tips on how to participate, and celebrate, National Nutritional Month, read the article here.