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March Is National Nutrition Month

Published: March 1, 2018
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March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is "Go Further With Food."

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

The theme for 2018 is "Go Further With Food" —  a reminder that it's important to follow a healthful eating plan that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with small changes in order to make healthier lasting changes you can enjoy.

How to Go Further With Food

  1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.

  2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.

  3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.

  4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.

  5. Continue to use good food safety practices.

  6. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

  7. Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

For nutrition month recipes, fun quizzes, helpful hints and more visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Look for MHS dietitian recipes in Café 8303 each Friday in March!

Celebrate Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day: March 14

March 14 is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, a great time to thank the food and nutrition experts throughout Methodist Health System.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the experts who translate the science of nutrition into dietary interventions to prevent and treat health and disease. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have degrees in nutrition and dietetics, completed an internship and passed an examination. They are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.