March is National Nutrition Month©, an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, “Get Your Plate in Shape,” encourages consumers to ensure they are eating the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy each day.
Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthful eating. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme can “help people make the simple changes to their daily eating plans that will benefit them for a lifetime,” said registered dietitian and Academy President, Sylvia Escott-Stump.
Health professionals and communicators planning events and nutrition education outreach activities during National Nutrition Month© may wish to visit the IFIC Foundation website, www.FoodInsight.org to download consumer-friendly nutrition and food safety materials to share with individuals, community groups, or use as the basis for presentations to highlight the importance of a healthful diet during National Nutrition Month© and throughout the year.