National Nutrition Month: Put Your Best Fork Forward

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward.

So how exactly can you go about leading with your best fork?

Small shifts in your food choices add up over time. So don’t stress if you don’t have a “perfect” diet – just work to make small changes that move you in the right direction!

Here are the key messages for this year’s month-long celebration of nutrition:

  1. Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  2. Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
  3. How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  4. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  5. Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

For more great information about National Nutrition Month, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ NNM website.

 

NNM: Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

March 26, 2015 by  
Filed under Consumer awareness, General, Holidays

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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!