March is National Nutrition Month! #NationalNutritionMonth
National Nutrition Month began in 1973 as National Nutrition Week. With the increased interest in nutrition it became a month long celebration in 1980 and is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The Academy’s mission is to promote optimal nutrition and well-being for all people by advocating for its members. With more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners, the Academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The majority of the Academy’s members are registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered.
This year’s theme is “Go further with food.” This theme encompasses the thought that the foods you choose can make a difference. In addition, preparing your foods to go further by meal planning in advance will also help reduce food loss and waste. “While millions of Americans worry about how to feed their families, the amount of safe food wasted in the United States is on the rise,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Cordialis Msora-Kasago. “By making small changes to the way we think about eating, we can help reduce food waste.”
The Academy and Registered Dietitians communicate healthful eating messages that focus on balancing food and beverages within an individual’s energy needs instead of focusing on any one specific food or meal. It is the Academy’s position that improving overall well-being requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing lasting and enjoyable eating practices and regular physical activity.
Stay tuned for more blogs this month for National Nutrition Month! We will be focusing on tips for meal planning and reducing food waste. The Academy’s website will also showcase articles, recipes, videos and educational resources to encourage good nutrition and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Follow National Nutrition Month on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages using #NationalNutritionMonth.