By Tawnie Kroll | Contributed
RDN at Kroll’s Korner, krollskorner.com
What is National Nutrition Month and why should you care?
National Nutrition Month (NNM) is a nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is celebrated annually in March. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the United States’ largest organization of food and nutrition professionals including Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN), Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTR) and other dietetics professionals.
The theme for NNM 2017 is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which acts as a reminder that each bite counts.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with small changes in order to make healthier life-lasting changes you can enjoy.
Americans often try to implement a quick fix to better their health – but the focus should be on healthy habits you can achieve every day. This campaign’s primary focus is to bring attention to making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Here are some key messages to keep in mind:
Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
Whether you are preparing meals at home or going out for a bite to eat this month, I challenge you to Put Your Best Fork Forward and bite your way into a healthy eating style.
There are several Registered Dietitians you can contact in the Central Valley who are willing to discuss nutrition and health with you. For more information to find an expert in your area and about NNM 2017, please visit Eatright.org.