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During National Nutrition Month®, Use These Tips To Develop Healthful Eating Habits

Published: March 1, 2023
Nutrition Month 2023

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created 50 years ago by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

This year's theme is "Fuel for the Future." Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish yourself during every phase of life and protect the environment. A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can help you create healthy habits that are sustainable and celebrate your unique needs. Here are some helpful tips to consider:


Eat With the Environment in Mind

  • Buy foods in season and shop locally when possible.
  • Enjoy more plant-based meals and snacks. Learn more.
  • Purchase foods with minimal packaging.
  • Start a container or backyard garden to grow food at home.


See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN who can provide personalized nutrition information to help you meet your health goals. You can find an RDN who specializes in your unique needs by using this tool


Learn How Nutrient Needs May Change With Age

Nebraska Methodist College has podcasts covering topics that include nutrition during preconception and pregnancy, and nutrition for infants and toddlers. A podcast focusing on nutrition for kids and teens is expected to be published in March. Explore the podcasts here.


Stay Nourished and Save Money

  • Learn about community resources such as SNAP, WIC and local food banks.
  • Plan your meals and snacks. Learn more.
  • See what food you have at home before purchasing more.
  • Use a grocery list and shop sales when purchasing food.


Eat a Variety of Foods From All Food Groups

  • Avoid fad diets that promote unnecessary restrictions. Learn more.
  • Eat foods in various forms, including fresh, frozen, canned and dried.
  • Include your favorite cultural foods and traditions.
  • Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs.


Make Tasty Foods and Memorable Experiences at Home

  • Create happy memories by eating with friends and family when possible.
  • Find creative ways to use leftovers rather than tossing them.
  • Learn cooking and meal preparation skills. Learn more.
  • Try new flavors and foods from around the world.


Get Involved at Work

Participating Methodist Health System cafés will have recipes highlighted throughout the month, and handouts with tips on healthy eating and managing food waste will be available. Infused water, which is a great alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages, will be available in participating Methodist cafés throughout the month.