National Nutrition Month 2022
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National Nutrition Month has a rich history and significance in the nutrition world. History tells us that what we know as National Nutrition month started out as “National Nutrition Week”. In 1973 the members of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) established National Nutrition Week as a time for delivering nutrition education messages to the Nation as well as promoting the dietetics profession. Seven years later, the celebration was extended to a month, that month being March.
National Nutrition Month has now become a global celebration and initiative that is championed by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It’s a great way to help the Academy promote optimal nutrition and well-being. This year the theme is “Celebrate a World of Flavors”. You can celebrate a world of flavors by incorporating new foods into your diet or simply explore a new type of cuisine that incorporates flavorful foods that have vibrant colors. These weekly themes can help you explore the flavors of the world.
- Week One: Eat a variety of nutritious foods.
- Week Two: See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
- Week Three: Plan your meals and snacks.
- Week Four: Create tasty foods at home.
Some of the ways that N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County suggest trying some of these different things to immerse yourself into eating some tasty meals.
- Find a new way to prepare a dish that you already like and include new vegetables or fruits.
- Plan your meals for week two by giving each day of the week a theme such as “Mediterranean Monday”.
- Check out Eatright.org which is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website and engage with material written by dietitians and other dietetics professionals.
- Take time to prepare meals with family and friends and eat at home.
- Learn to use spices and herbs to flavor your food. Find out what spices and herbs match with certain types of foods. This Spice Chart can help you out with this.
- Eat Right website: https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month?rdType=list_redirect&rdProj=nnm_redirects&rdInfo=nnm_latest_articles_search
- Med Instead of Meds website: https://medinsteadofmeds.com/
- Food Hero website: https://foodhero.org/