It’s one of our favorite months of the year! National Nutrition Month starts today–a whole month dedicated to nutrition. The National Nutrition Month (NNM) campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, occurs every March and urges Americans to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” The slogan refers to MyPlate, of course, the revision of the former Food Guide Pyramid that debuted in 2011. For the remainder of March, keep an eye on the TalkDiabetes blog for tips on getting your plate in shape. If you’re in St. Louis, register for the Get Your Plate in Shape event, hosted by St. Anthony’s and one of our very own RDs, Liz Patton.
To kick off the month, I asked our staff, “What does National Nutrition Month mean to you?” Here’s what a few of them had to say.
Judy: “It’s a time to think about all the good variety of foods to eat and a chance to promote the huge benefits of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.”
Kathy: “It’s an opportunity for people to think about nutrition and focus on improving their nutrition to ifluence their health and well-being.”
Nancy: “EATING! We all do it, we love it and sometimes it’s all we think about! But do you know enough about it? Often times, it’s not what you shouldn’t eat, but how healthier choices can help improve glucose control, blood pressure, cholesterol and energy level. The month of March helps us focus on the wonderful variety of foods that are available and how a Registered Dietitian can assist you! Many times your insurance company will help pay for Medical Nutrition Therapy. If it’s been a while since a visit with your RD, check it out…make an appointment to come see us!”
Cathy: “National Nutrition Month puts the ‘Let’s Eat Healthy!’ message into the forefront and gives you 31 days to focus on new habits to carry through the rest of the year.”
Me (Liz): “It’s one month in which we should take some time out of our busy schedules to re-focus on something that’s very important, yet often neglected: nutrition. During NNM, there are many tools made easily accessible to the public on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s website. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of them! I love the tips sheets. Print them off and discuss them as a family. View March (and NNM) as your ‘Nutrition New Year!’ Make some goals related to health and nutrition.”
How do you feel about National Nutrition Month? Let us know!