By: Elizabeth Rahavi, RD Date: 3/2/11
Momentum around nutrition and health is building, from the release of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign last year to the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in January of this year. March brings National Nutrition Month® and another opportunity to celebrate the role of food and physical activity in moving all Americans toward a healthier lifestyle, regardless of age and current health status.
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign initiated and supported by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) that aims to focus our thoughts on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's theme, “Eat Right with Color” encourages consumers to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.
Throughout the month, we’ll be building off of this year’s theme by providing consumers and professionals with insights, tips, and resources that can strengthen their knowledge about food and nutrition. As the month progresses, expect to see a new Hot Topic page on FoodInsight.org along with poll questions, periodic blog posts, and tweets—all to help you incorporate color and variety into your diet.
Because our mission is to communicate science-based information about health, food safety, and nutrition for the public good, the IFIC Foundation already has a plethora of resources regarding nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices. If you are ready to start learning more about food and health, check out our recent Foods For Health Video Series developed in partnership with Registered Dietitian David Grotto (aka the guy-a-titian) giving advice on Managing Your Weight, Building Healthy Kids and Families, Eating for Immune Health, and Eating for Heart Health.
Also, as a way of rallying ‘round America’s largest group of nutrition experts, March 9th has been dubbed National Registered Dietitian Day. This year marks the fourth anniversary of the day that honors dietitians and raises awareness about the importance of their services. While most registered dietitians work in a hospitals or long-term care settings, RDs can also be found in a variety of places in your community. From restaurants to supermarkets to running a private practice or serving as a nutrition expert at your local gym, registered dietitians are everywhere! Here at the IFIC Foundation, we have five Registered Dietitians (RD) on staff who serve as the IFIC Foundation’s nutrition gurus.
No matter where you find an RD, they will be using their expertise, education, and experience to provide you with the personalized nutrition information you need to accomplish your nutrition and health goals.
Another credible resource for nutrition advice is the newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the more consumer-friendly MyPyramid.gov. Use these resources and come back to FoodInsight.org throughout the month to begin your journey toward your personalized path to health.
What are some of your favorite ways to ‘Eat Right with Color?’