March is National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual nutrition education campaign. It’s ran each year in March to remind us of the importance in eating right. This year’s theme is to “Put Your Best Fork Forward”. By doing so, you’re making the conscious choice with each bite to eat more nutritious foods.
I’ve decided this year to participate in their blogroll by promoting National Nutrition Month® and encourage everyone to “Put Their Best Fork Forward”! I have this cool image on my right sidebar to show my support. Clicking on it will be sure to take you to the Academy’s page.
The Academy’s website says their key messages for National Nutrition Month® are:
“1. Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
2. Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
3. How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
4. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
5. Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.”
If you aren’t familiar with MyPlate, it’s what replaced the old Food Pyramid. You can fully utilize MyPlate by heading over to the USDA’s website for access to their SuperTracker, MyPlate Tips, MyPlate Recipes, and Calorie Counters. They have the standard 2,000 calorie diet and others available for free!
This matches up great with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle over time for a lasting, healthy impact. Below are some great ideas for small, but meaningful changes!
“Put Your Best Fork Forward” and celebrate National Nutrition Month® with these fun ideas:
- Donate to a locate food pantry. Call and ask your local food pantry what items they need most. Don’t know your local food pantry? Call 211 and ask for more information.
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. They always need help sorting food items, preparing, and serving meals.
- Aim to eat more meals at the dinner table, instead of the living room
- Put phones down and turn TVs off at meal time. Focus on the good food and good company.
- Try a new healthy food item each week during March. Now’s the perfect time to try something fun in the kitchen.
- Visit a local Farmers’ Market. Getting to know your farmers is so important.
- Research a Community Supported Agriculture in your area and look into joining! It’s a great way to support local farmer’s and get fresh fruits and vegetables on a consistent basis.
- Have a healthy recipe contest at your workplace. Be sure to bring copies of your recipe to swap with coworkers!
- Drink more water. Swap out 1-2 sugary drinks with some ice water flavored with fresh fruit.
- Do some self-care and try a new fitness routine. Try a workout class online, at the gym, or just hit the local park for your steps.
For more ways to get involved, check out the Academy’s National Nutrition Month® website.
Stay tuned for more National Nutrition Month® content. Let me know how you plan on celebrating National Nutrition Month®!