National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month (NNM) is an annual event presented by the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics. The yearly campaign educates the public about food selection, eating habits, health, and the necessity for physical activity. The theme for the 2018 NNM campaign is Go Further With Food which will provide two primary benefits to participants. 

First, healthy food serves as macro nutrients that help your body function properly. Your energy level goes further when it receives the proper vitamins and nutrients. Secondly, the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables is short, and NNM teaches methods that extend accessibility which provides a financial benefit as well. Your finances go further with proper food preparation and waste reduction techniques.  

The 2018 initiative will inspire participants with seven fundamental advantages of NNM.

  1. It is essential that healthy eaters include a regular diet from all of the food groups.

  2. You should think about the foods you have in your pantry before making any purchases.

  3. Limit the products you buy to include food that can be consumed or frozen and made into leftovers.

  4. Pay close attention to portion control. Eat an appropriate amount, and remember to consume drinks using the same mindset.

  5. Always practice proper food safety procedures. 

  6. Engage in physical activities and recognize that daily exercise is critical to a healthy lifestyle. 

  7. Consult with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) when you need the advice to customize healthy eating habits, make lifestyle changes, or enhance well-being.

Why Is NNM Important?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food waste reduction and loss is a global problem. FAO’s key findings include the loss of more than 1.3 billion tons of universal food waste each year. Food loss and waste are also more prevalent in industrial nations, and the data lends credibility to NNM’s 2018 initiative to promote health and financial benefit.

FAO found that fruits and vegetables are the primary food sources that benefit from NNM’s Go Further With Food campaign since they are the leading contributors to loss and waste. The ability to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for a more extended period would promote NNM by prolonging the access to healthy cuisine while also reducing the main reason for global food loss.       

Ways to Embrace NNM 

The body is complicated, and food consumption is not always an understood science.Use National Nutrition Month to improve eating habits, find new recipes that promote nutritional value, and take walks after meals. You can also embrace the Go Further With Food campaign by reducing waste. It only takes a few changes to lead to a commitment to healthy living long after NNM ends. 

Remember to Celebrate Your Local RDMs This Month

March 14th is Registered Dietician Nutritionists Day which was also created by the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics in 2008. Dieticians provide vital services to individuals, communities, and global health and nutrition partnerships. If you know a dietitian, take the day to say thank-you for their commitment to health and well-being.

Steve Horrell