Health and Mind: National Nutrition Month
Published 2:30 pm Thursday, March 16, 2023
By Cara O’Neill
Clark County Health Department
National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created 50 years ago, in 1973, by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.
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This year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.” Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help you create sustainable healthy habits and celebrate your unique needs.
National Nutrition Month® Weekly Messages
Week 1: Eat with the environment in mind.
• Enjoy more plant-based meals and snacks.
• Purchase foods with minimal packaging.
• Buy foods in season and shop locally when possible.
• Start a container or backyard garden to grow food at home.
Week 2: See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
• Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN.
• Find an RDN who specializes in your unique needs.
• Learn how nutrient needs may change with age.
• Receive personalized nutrition information to meet your health goals.
Week 3: Stay nourished and save money.
• Plan your meals and snacks.
• See what food you have at home before purchasing more.
• Use a grocery list and shop sales when purchasing food.
• Learn about community resources such as SNAP, WIC and local food banks.
Week 4: Eat a variety of foods from all food groups.
• Include your favorite cultural foods and traditions.
• Eat foods in various forms, including fresh, frozen, canned and dried.
• Avoid fad diets that promote unnecessary restrictions.
• Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs.
Week 5: Make tasty foods at home.
• Learn cooking and meal preparation skills.
• Try new flavors and foods from around the world.
• Find creative ways to use leftovers rather than tossing them.
• Create happy memories by eating with friends and family when possible.
Article information obtained from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, www.eatright.org.
The Clark County Health Department can support families/individuals with nutritional counseling by consulting with one of our Registered Dietitians. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 859-744-4482 or visit our website at www.clarkhealthdept.org.