March is National Nutrition Month (NNM)! NNM started as National Nutrition week in 1973. The public’s increased interest in health and nutrition pushed the House of Delegates to call for an expansion in 1980. Since then, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) has been promoting National Nutrition Month as a way to create awareness of the benefits of eating right, having the knowledge to make good food choices as well as to increase physical activity in our lives.
Every year, the Academy chooses a theme. For 2014, it is all about the pleasure of healthy eating using the slogan "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right". As Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, our goal is to get people of all ages, cultures and socio-economic status to know and appreciate the nutritional value of the foods they consume. Knowledge allows us to make better choices. If we understand the impact that certain foods and nutrients have on our overall health, we are more likely to include them in our diets. Enjoying these healthier foods is key – no one wants to eat foods that do not taste good! This is where education comes into place. Teaching the public how to include fruits and vegetables in their daily meals, using their cooking skills to learn to prepare certain foods and educating on how to read nutrition labels to choose healthier foods while grocery shopping can have a huge impact on our nation’s ability to truly "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”!
The 2014 message focuses on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals and habits that will lead to healthy lifestyles.
The Academy is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals - with more than 70,000 members, mostly registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs). During this month, we will be writing blog posts that will discuss how to achieve the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ “14 Health Tips for 2014.” Of course, we will put our own Lemond Nutrition style on each of these along with very practical ways to achieve each one. Here are those tips:
1. Eat breakfast
2. Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables
3. Watch your portion size
4. Be active
5. Fix healthy snacks
6. Get to know food labels
7. Consult a Registered Dietitian (RD)
8. Follow food safety guidelines
9. Get cooking
10. Dine out without ditching your goals
11. Enact family meal time
12. Banish brown bag boredom
13. Drink more water
14. Explore new foods and flavors
As we prepare to write out these posts, are there things under each of these 14 that you would like to hear about specifically? If so, let us know and we will do our best to incorporate the answer into our content!