National Nutrition Month® – March 2013

It’s March already! Happy New Year.

National Nutrition Month® is here! This month especially dedicated to nutrition. A great opportunity for dietitians to educate their co-workers, friends/family and the public with current nutrition topics. This year’s the theme is: Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

Build a Personalized Eating Plan!

The idea is reflective to the “Choose my Plate®” theme.  It is a easy concept and great way to incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle with minimal changes.  I encourage you to check it out!

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.

Build a Personalized Eating Plan!

NNM 2013We all have unique lifestyles, traditions and health concerns. Not to mention tastes! So if you’re ready to eat right, don’t settle for a one-size-fits-all fad diet.

March is National Nutrition Month®, and this year’s “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” theme highlights that building a personalized eating plan is key to improved health. Set yourself up for success by working with a registered dietitian to build an eating plan tailored just for you.

Here is a quick guide to eating right from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Personalize your eating style: The easiest way to get the nutrients your body needs is to eat healthy foods you enjoy. Finding good-for-you foods that please your palette makes eating healthfully special and exciting.
  • Eat for your lifestyle: Athletic, vegetarian/vegan, corporate and family lifestyles all have special nutritional needs, but eating right can be easy and tasty if you pay attention to those foods that best help get you through the day.
  • Incorporate cultural and ethnic traditions: Foods from around the globe often incorporate an abundance of unique, flavorful and nourishing ingredients. Keep traditions alive and bring the world to your family’s table.
  • Keep health concerns in mind: A healthful eating plan can help prevent and treat a variety of health concerns. With modification and moderation, you can enjoy your favorite foods while meeting your nutritional needs and health goals.
  • Make MyPlate your plate: Fill half of your plate with your favorite fruits and vegetables; keep protein portions lean and about three ounces; make at least half of your grain choices whole grains; and be sure to include low-fat or fat-free dairy products like milk and yogurt.

Visit www.EatRight.org/NNM for a variety of helpful tips, games and education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition.

During January I taught the “Choose My Plate®” method to the Cardiac Rehab outpatient group.  It was definitely a great fun-filled topic and event. Contact me if you would like details regarding how to use “Choose My Plate®”.

In 2012 I completed the ‘Menu Planning’ continuing education certification program through the ADA to enhance menu planning skills.  I encourage you to ask any questions regarding menu planning! Don’t forget to check our my WIX site for additional services that I provide!

Thanks for reading!

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