March is National Nutrition Month
With the clever slogan “Put Your Best Fork Forward” leading the way, March is once again being hailed as National Nutrition Month®. Originally instituted as a week-long event in 1973, and a month-long event beginning in 1980, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone of the benefits of healthy eating. With an obesity epidemic still impacting Americans, now more than ever a campaign focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and improving physical activity habits is a timely occurrence.
This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is encouraging each of us to make small changes in our eating habits during National Nutrition Month® and continue building on them over time. As part of the campaign, there are many online resources and activities to help families begin to make the changes necessary to eat right and be healthier. Follow this link to find a series of fun games for children and adults. Also, the United States Department of Agriculture has online resources available to help educate children and families about ways to improve their nutrition. In particular, there is an entire collection of information and activities that are geared towards school-age children to help them learn about nutrition, making healthy snacks, and how parents can include them in the kitchen at meal time.
As busy healthcare professionals, we are often forced to “eat on the fly” and may not always have time to pack a healthy lunch or snack. We can all use subtle reminders about our nutrition and fitness habits. During National Nutrition Month®, there are many ways that you can get involved in elevating nutrition awareness activities in your workplace.
- Organize a ‘healthy recipe contest” among your co-workers. Find fun prizes to award the best recipes and have your bosses be the judges.
- Recruit a local yoga or fitness instructor and hold a special fitness session at your workplace. Sometimes all it takes to encourage others to start an exercise program is introducing them to a new class.
- Celebrate the diversity in your workplace and ask everyone to make a healthy meal from their ancestral culture. This type of potluck can expand your food horizons and teach everyone about the various cultures in your workplace.
- Recruit a local Nutritionist/Dietician to host a “lunch and learn” session on healthy eating and making better food choices.
Other ways you can participate in Nutrition Month activities is to “get social.” You are already on social media every day, so why not promote a few Nutrition Month activities on your favorite social media platform. If you need a special GIF to post, or a funny meme, look no further than this online social media toolkit.
We want to hear from you! In the comment section below, tell us if or how you plan to get involved in National Nutrition Month® activities. You can also stop by our Facebook page and join the conversation.