March is National Nutrition Month

By Sheila Howard

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?

In 1973, featuring the theme Invest in Yourself - Buy Nutrition, the first National Nutrition Week campaign was launched by the American Dietetic Association with a presidential proclamation, TV and radio public service announcements and news releases. Because of its undeniable importance, this initiative has since grown and developed to become National Nutrition Month. It is now recognized and celebrated throughout the entire month of March.

Many common health issues like fatigue, high blood pressure and weight gain can be positively affected or even remedied through proper diet and exercise. Credited to Hippocrates in 400 BC, the phrase “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” still rings true today. In the same way that poor nutrition can cause sickness and disease, good nutrition can prevent and even cure disease.

National Nutrition Month stresses the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise. Many health organizations have aligned with this sentiment. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes the transformative powers of healthy food choices. They encourage using a registered dietician to assist with the development of a healthy eating plan. Having a clear understanding of what’s best for you will better ensure success in sticking to your plan.

Ways to improve nutrition include: incorporating low calorie/low fat/protein-rich foods from all food groups, properly hydrating, learning to read nutrition facts panels and practicing portion control.

In conjunction with proper nutrition, moving your body is crucial to great health. Find what you enjoy and put it to practice at least three days a week. If you enjoy the activity, you are more inclined to remain dedicated.

The month of March is a great time to put a fresh focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits. It’s even a phenomenal opportunity to revisit some of those New Year’s Resolutions you promised yourself you’d stick to for real this time. After all, you deserve to be the best version of yourself year-round.

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