It’s finally March, the month all registered dietitians and nutrition students wait for. During the month of March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) invites everyone to celebrate National Nutrition Month through focusing on making informed food choices, as well as developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for National Nutrition Month 2020 is Eat Right, Bite by Bite.
Take a moment, and think about what “bite by bite” means to you. The AND believes that proper nutrition does not have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small, sustainable changes in the right direction can make a big difference. It is possible to improve your health and well being one bite at a time. This year, the AND has put together four simple key messages to make these changes a little bit easier.
1. Vary your diet.
- Include healthful foods from all food groups
- Hydrate healthfully
- Learn how to read nutrition facts panels
- Practice portion control
- Take time to enjoy your food
2. Plan meals.
- Use a grocery list to shop for healthful foods
- Be menu-savvy when dining out
- Choose healthful recipes to make during the week
- Enjoy healthful eating at school and at work
- Plan healthful eating while traveling
3. Learn skills to create tasty meals.
- Keep healthful ingredients on hand
- Practice proper home food safety
- Share meals together as a family when possible
- Reduce food waste
- Try new flavors and foods
4. Visit a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
- RDNs are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
- RDNs have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship, passed an examination and maintain continuing education.
- RDNs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make personalized, positive lifestyle changes.
- RDNs work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes,
fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research private practice and more.
- RDNs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
This March, start making some of these changes as a way to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Remember, small steps can make a big difference in improving your overall health and wellness.