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March is National Nutrition Month

Submitted by Bernie Allen, ADRC Nutrition Program Coordinator

The path to wellness often begins at our plates.  National Nutrition Month stands as a testament to the impact of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits.  This annual observance not only promotes nutritional knowledge, it also emphasizes the importance of a balanced lifestyle.  

What is National Nutrition Month?

National Nutrition Month is a dedicated campaign focusing on the significance of nutrition and health.  It seeks to educate individuals about the importance of making informed food choices, developing consistent eating habits, and undertaking regular physical activity.  Developed by nutrition professionals and enthusiasts, the month offers numerous resources, events and initiatives to promote a healthier lifestyle for all. 

When is National Nutrition Month?

Every March is celebrated as National Nutrition Month, casting a spotlight on dietary habits, food knowledge and the joys of wholesome eating. 

How to Get Involved

Starting your own nutrition journey? Here’s how you be part of the celebrations:

  • Attend Workshops: Engage in nutritional seminars or cooking classes that focus on healthy recipes.

  • Commit to a Challenge: Try a new healthful recipe every week or pledge to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet.

  • Read and Educate: Pick up books or articles that enhance your knowledge about nutrition and dietary habits. 

  • Share your Journey: Document your nutritional adventures on social media, sharing receipts, tips and milestones.

  • Support Local: Visit farmers’ markets or local producers to get fresh, nutritious ingredients and support community based agriculture. 

History of the Event

Originally established as a weeklong event is 1973, National Nutrition Month expanded to a month-long observation in 1980 due to growing public interest in nutrition.  The initiative was driven by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an organization committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics.  Ove the years, it has evolved into a significant annual event promoting the pivotal role nutrition plays in overall health and well-being. 

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