March: The Month for Nutrition

In 1973, Nutrition Week was enacted by presidential proclamation. This was a week to educate the public and promote a healthy lifestyle. By 1980, it had expanded into the entire month of March, called National Nutrition Month®, and was adopted by state and federal governments as well as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This initiative focuses on encouraging people to make smart food decisions and staying active.

Each year messaging is presented around a central theme. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which speaks to how small adjustments can make a lasting impact on your health, one forkful at a time. Instead of making huge changes every year for a hopeless resolution, start with little changes and progressively get bigger. This will help you adjust and motivate you to constantly improve.

A healthy diet and exercise can help prevent all kinds of diseases and ailments from diabetes to liver disease and more. Often times we get caught up in eating the right things and cutting unhealthy options out of our diet, which is important, but we disregard the portion size aspect of our diet. Watching how much you eat is equally as important as watching what you eat. Also, find activities that you enjoy to get you moving, because being physically active every day is very important to getting and staying healthy.

Finally, it is a good idea to visit your local registered dietitian nutritionist to help you pinpoint the right kinds and amounts of food you should be eating to be healthy. They can give you simple, personalized advice to fit your lifestyle.