March is National Nutrition Month!
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March is National Nutrition Month!

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
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In Season Natural Foods for the Autumn MonthsDid you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), National Nutrition Month promotes the importance of making educated, informed choices when it comes to what you put on your plate.  Each year a theme is chosen, and for 2013 it’s “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The theme celebrates the fact that eating well can be personalized around food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns. Observing National Nutrition Month is a great way to teach family, students and yourself about the importance of eating well every day. It’s also a great excuse to learn a few delicious, healthy recipes. Here are a few ways you can take part in National Nutrition Month:

Get the Kids Involved!

While teaching your kids about nutrition and eating well is a lifelong process, National Nutrition Month offers a great excuse to teach them a little extra this month! Get your kids involved and let them pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, or let them help or observe while you cook dinner. You can also encourage them to try any healthy foods they haven’t tried before.

You can also teach them about nutrition with fun worksheets or coloring pages that feature MyPlate or the rainbow of colors fresh foods come in.

Challenge: Try a New Recipe Every Day

We all get stuck making the same recipes week after week. Why not try something new by doing some research online to find new, healthy recipes to add to your skill set each day? You can also visit your local book store to find helpful cookbooks filled with healthy, nutritious recipes your whole family will enjoy! Make it a goal to try a new healthy recipe every day during the month of March.

Visit a Local Nutritionist

Of course, making sure you have a healthy, well-rounded meal can be somewhat of a mystery to many. Maybe you don’t know how to work in a healthy diet around your busy life, or you have specific dietary or health concerns you have to deal with. If that’s the case, you can visit a local nutritionist in your area to give you some advice. They’ll help you choose the best products at the grocery store while explaining more about balanced meals, portion sizes and more. In fact, March 13, 2013 is Registered Dietician Day. Maybe you can send your dietician a fruit basket to show some love.

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