Nutrion takes the spotlight in March

By Ryan Carpe rcarpe@civitasmedia.com

March 15, 2014

DARKE COUNTY - March marks National Nutrition Month which aims to teach healthy choices for a lifetime of strong body and spirit.

This year’s National Nutrition Month Theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

According to the campaign, consumer research shows that taste outranks nutrition as the main reason why one food is selected over another.

Therefore 2014’s key messag focuses on how to prioritize nutrition while retaining a great taste, all while following dietary guidelines and recommendations.

March’s National Nutrition Month is an ongoing education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The entire project focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing responsible eating habits and physical activity.

Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, “National Nutrition Week” became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition.

As part of the month-long event, the second Wednesday of each March is celebrated as “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day,” in order to honor the ongoing work of advancing the nuritional value around the world.

To promote the public health campaign, the Academy’s National Nutrition Month website showcases a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” theme.

That website can be found at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/.

In order to build ongoing healthy practices, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends to round out each plate by prioritizing vegetables and fruits, while choosing lean protein foods which contain lower amounts of calories.

In order to cut back on unnecessary fats, most nutritionists recommend choosing foods and drinks without any addition sugars added, and to watch the sodium content of your foods closely. Too much sodium can can increase blood pressure and lead to other medical complications.

It’s also important to watch your personal calorie intake, as staying within your body’s limit will help keep off extra weight. In order to stay responsible, its recommended to cook at home more often rather than eating out, keep track of what you’re eating on a regular basis, and to cut down alcoholic beverages.

And as always, a minimum of 10 minutes of excercise each day should be integrated into your lifestyle. Even if its just a walk at the park or a quick aerobic workout, it all adds up to keep your body in great shape.

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.

The Academy strives to communicate healthful eating messages that emphasize balancing food and beverages within an individual’s energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific food or meal. To this end, it is the Academy’s position that improving overall health requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing sustainable and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.