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National Nutrition Month: Eat Right Bite by Bite

Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Molly Mills, RDN, LD
March 11, 2020
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March is National Nutrition Month®, which is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) designed to promote a healthy lifestyle through food and nutrition awareness. In 2020, AND is inviting everyone to explore quality nutrition, which isn’t restrictive, but instead focuses on making small changes which can have a positive impact on your health over time. AND has dedicated each week to a different message, which we have outlined below, and we have highlighted our favorite tip from each week:

Week One: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day

  • Include healthful foods from all food groups.
  • Hydrate.
  • Read nutrition labels.
  • Practice portion control.
  • Take time to enjoy your food.

Week Two: Plan your meals each week!

  • Use a grocery list to shop.
  • Be menu-savvy when dining out.
  • Pick out recipes ahead of time to prepare during the week.
  • Enjoy healthful foods at school and work.
  • Plan for snacks and meals when traveling.

Week Three: Learn skills to create tasty meals

  • Keep healthful ingredients on hand.
  • Practice food safety at home.
  • Share meals together as a family.
  • Reduce food waste.
  • Try new flavors and foods.

Week Four: Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)!

  • Ask your doctor for a referral to a RDN.
  • Receive personalized nutrition advice from a RDN to meet your goals (versus ‘googling’ fad diets that might not work into your lifestyle).
  • Meet RDNs in a variety of settings throughout the community (doctor’s office, telehealth, community health fairs).
  • Find a RDN who is specialized to serve your unique needs.
  • Thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.

About the Author

Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Molly Mills, RDN, LD
Amanda and Molly are the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program Registered Dietitians. With 15+ years of experience combined, they facilitate behavior change through nutrition counseling for weight loss and maintenance with children through adults.
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

Keywords: Bariatric, Diet, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss, Weight Management