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.
- 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.
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