March is National Nutrition Month (NNM) and this year the theme is Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle.
The goal of NNM is to incorporate food choices and physical activity that promote consumption of fewer calories, make informed food choices about food, and exercise daily to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Some tips to put into practice this NNM include:
- Fill half of your plate with variety of colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal
- When you eat grains, make half of them whole, including quinoa, oats, and whole wheat
- Choose lean protein meats and poultry (or other protein sources like beans, peas, eggs, nuts and seeds)
- If you consume dairy, try lowfat or nonfat versions of your favorites
- Limit foods that contain added sugars, fats, and salt
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day (adults and children should exercise for 60 minutes each day)
A Registered Dietitian can help provide simple, fun, and nutritious information.
Registered Dietitians (RD or RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) are food and nutrition experts who practice evidence-based nutrition information making them a reliable source for your health. They work in a wide variety of settings revolving around food including but not limited to hospitals, corporations, foodservice, education, food and nutrition promotion, and research.
To become an RD/RDN a person must:
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a US regionally accredited university whose coursework is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Complete 1200 hours of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program in a health-care facility, community agency, and foodservice corporation.
- Pass the RD/RDN national exam
- Continue to complete professional education requirements.
You can find a Registered Dietitian in your area to help you with your food and nutrition goals by clicking here.
To learn more about becoming a Registered Dietitian visit: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career/become-an-rdn-or-dtr and have a happy and healthy National Nutrition Month!