National Nutrition Month is an annual education observance hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is celebrated each year in the month of March and focuses on making knowledgeable food choices, developing physical activity habits, and delivering nutrition education messages.
A new theme for the month is picked each year. In 2021 the theme is "Personalize Your Plate". This theme encourages people that good nutrition is possible while working with an individual's food or cultural preferences. Each week also has its own message.
- Week 1: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day
- Week 2: plan your meals each week
- Week 3: Learn skills to create tasty meals
- Week 4: Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Here are a few other ways to participate in National Nutrition Month that can continue into healthy habits beyond the month:
- Follow food safety guidelines
- Try a new food or flavor
- Try different combinations of foods
- Set a regular mealtime
- Donate to a local food pantry or shelter
- Engage in regular physical activity
- Start the day with breakfast
- Drink plenty of water
- Pay attention to the shelf life of foods
- Consider composting or growing vegetable garden if possible
- Avoid eating while distracted
To learn more about National Nutrition Month and get free resources HERE.