It’s finally that time again! National Nutrition Month is the best month of the year, and this year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”. Such a statement emphasizes that every one of us holds the power to make healthy food choices in our very hands, and those choices can start happening this month, right now. That is true whether you’re eating with a fork, a spoon, or just your hands!
What is National Nutrition Month?
National Nutrition month began in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, but expanded into a month-long observance beginning in 1980. National Nutrition Month is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is intended to promote public awareness of healthy eating and lifestyle choices, particularly showing individuals and communities the practical ways they can begin making healthy choices. Every year has its own unique theme (you can look at the past themes at the link above) that ties into a specific aspect of eating healthy and how it applies to anyone at any time.
How can I get involved?
Volunteer for events
There are many events coming up, some in just a few days. SNDA will be deeply involved in promoting National Nutrition Month on campus over the next few weeks. You can volunteer with these events for a hands-on experience, or even just attend and hang out to get yourself in the NNM spirit. The following are just a few examples of what SNDA is organizing this month:
Tuesday, March 14: Juice and salad bar at Pida Plaza | Join SNDA as we serve up healthy food demonstrations, provide some information on nutritious and quick meals, and spread the word about healthy eating. You can volunteer, or just come hang out. It will take place from 11:30am until 3:30pm.
Tuesday, March 28: Farmer’s Market at Pida Plaza | Browse a selection of nutritious, local produce and take part in fun games and activities. This is also happening from 11:30am-3:30pm.
Many more to come! Keep checking the SNDA calendar to stay up-to-date on what will be happening on campus and in the community this month.
Spread the word on healthy eating
We in SNDA have access to valuable knowledge about maintaining healthy diets — it would be a shame to keep it to ourselves! Outside of helping with events, there are other ways you can promote health and nutrition to your family and peers. The Academy shares videos, fact sheets, and activity ideas on their National Nutrition Month webpage. You can also share healthy recipes, including the ones shared on this blog, on the Academy’s website, or anywhere on the Net/anything you might come up with yourself!
Try a new food every day of the month
How many different fruits and vegetables do you eat? We might think we get quite the diverse selection in our daily lives, but the truth is that there are so many foods that a majority of us have even tasted. Consider just plant foods: outside of what we normally eat, there are hundreds of other different varieties of fruits and vegetables that provide beneficial nutrients. How about dragonfruit, dandelion greens, and countless other intriguing foods? Some of these may be exclusive to cultural markets, but others can be found at grocers like Sprouts and Trader Joe’s. If you start now, you could have at least 20 new food items down by the end of the month!
So don’t even start on the laters or the tomorrows; now is the perfect time to begin educating our community about health and nutrition, to stop and consider our own food choices, and work together in putting our best forks forward. How will you get involved?
(Happy belated National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!)