National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created every year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is designed to bring awareness to the importance of making informed food choices and developing lasting, positive nutrition and physical activity habits.
The theme for this year is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”. This is a reminder that each bite counts, and even making small changes in our food choices can add up over time and make a difference in our overall health.
This month you are encouraged to start making these small changes to improve your health. You can do this by including a variety of your favorite, healthy foods in your meals and cooking more meals at home while experimenting with fresh, healthier ingredients. If you do choose to go out to eat, it is easier than ever to choose healthier options at restaurants. Choose a side salad or steamed vegetables rather than mashed potatoes or fries. You can also control your portions by asking for a to-go box when you get your meal and put half of it away to bring home.
Remember that good nutrition and physical activity go hand-in-hand. Find different activities that you enjoy and try to be active most days of the week. Enjoy the warmer weather by taking a walk outside!
For more information, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at www.eatright.org.