“Let thy food be thy medicine,” said Hippocrates (a long, long time ago), but the sentiment still rings true. National Nutrition Month, celebrated in March, stresses the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes the transformative powers of healthy food choices. The Academy encourages using a registered dietitian in order to develop and stick with a healthy eating plan.
National Nutrition Month timeline
The American Dietetic Association changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to better reflect the shifting focus of educational and science-based nutrition initiatives.
The American Dietetic Association's Complete Food & Nutrition Guide (1st ed.) was published. It remains one of the most important pieces of nutrition literature and has spawned a number of editions since.
After popular response to the week-long holiday, the initiative moved to span a whole month. The first theme was “To Hit Your Stride, Eat Smart.”
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) launched the first National Nutrition Week with the theme "Invest in Yourself — Buy Nutrition."
How to Observe National Nutrition Month
Move your body
Nutrition doesn’t end at what we eat. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages making exercise an integral part of our lives. Try a new activity like Zumba, swimming, or spinning to keep workouts fresh and exciting.
Feeling stale in the kitchen? Pinterest provides an infinite loop of recipes and inspiration to kick-start any nutrition journey. Picking up a new cookbook or following a cool food blogger works too!
Meet with a dietitian
They’ll provide you with a detailed meal plan that makes sense for your lifestyle and goals. Many, if not most, health insurance plans cover the cost of dietitian services and city health departments sometimes offer complimentary services or charge sliding-scale fees. Anyway, a healthier, happier outlook on life is priceless!
Five (Realistic) Ways To Eat Healthier This Month
Go, go, H2O!
We all know drinking water helps in nearly every aspect of wellness, but drinking the recommended amount of water per day can be tough. Electrolyte additives offer the same, if not better benefits that drinking six or more glasses of water a day would.
Choose food over supplements
Though there are some who sincerely lack certain vitamins and minerals that can’t be achieved through diet alone, most of the good things our bodies need come from food — not store-bought supplements. Research shows that certain supplements haven’t been tested to meet many purity and safety standards, making them unreliable sources of nutrition.
Opt for color
When in doubt, throw some color on your plate — natural color, that is. Bright greens from crunchy vegetables or vibrant reds from tangy fruit will not only make your meal Instagram-worthy, they’ll give you a healthy boost.
Pack your lunch
Avoiding typical restaurant or fast-food grease may seem obvious, but according to Harvard Health Publishing, even more important than that is the ability to control portion sizes when you pack your own lunch. Try something fun like a DIY Bento box!
Shop the perimeter
Shopping a supermarket's outside aisles ensures that you’re getting healthy alternatives to processed foods like produce, meat, and dairy. When you move inward, most, if not all, of the products contain unnecessary additives and sugar.
Why National Nutrition Month Is Important
It’s an excuse to reset
We hope you’re still crushing your wellness-related New Year’s resolutions! For the rest of us, this month gives us an opportunity to reflect inward and make tangible changes to our diets or workout regimens. It could be as simple as adding another veggie or fruit to every meal.
We’ll look (and feel) better
When we eat real, nourishing foods, we’re getting a wealth of vitamins and minerals that support not only healthy internal function, but give skin, hair, and nails an extra glow. Look good, feel good.
It fosters a community
From yoga classes to sustainable farming workshops, the opportunities to celebrate this month are endless in cities all across the country.
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