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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month® has motivated Americans through various nutrition education messages since the 1970s. A specific theme is selected each March to motivate people to make wise health decisions.

2020 National Nutrition Month® Theme

National Nutrition Month® 2020 builds upon previous themes. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. These changes do not have to be made all at once. Small steps to eliminate or reduce unhealthy behavior can improve a person’s overall health.

Weekly Messages

Week One: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. Eat healthy food from all food groups.

Week Two: Plan your meals each week. Use a grocery list to shop for healthy foods.

Week Three: Learn skills to create tasty meals. Prepare tasty meals and share with family and friends when possible.

Week Four: Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). A RDN can provide personalized nutrition advice to help you meet your goals.

Well-Balanced Nutrition

“Proper nutrition” is not the best terminology to use when describing healthy eating. Instead, consumers should focus on eating a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. These foods include vegetables, fruits, whole and refined grains, milk products, and protein. Foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar should be consumed in moderation.

A well-balanced diet involves balancing caloric intake with physical activities. In other words, do not consume more calories than you are able to burn off in a single day. Eating a variety of healthy foods, watching portion sizes, and controlling daily consumption of calories will help you to achieve a more balanced diet and weight.

Visit www.eatright.org for more information on National Nutrition Month®. Visit https://www.aces.edu/urban to find more information about Urban Extension health and nutrition programs.

References

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “National Nutrition Month® 2019.” Social Press Kit. Accessed February 24, 2020. https://thesocialpresskit.com/nnm2019.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” News Wise. Accessed February 24, 2020. https://www.newswise.com/articles/for-national-nutrition-month-enjoy-food-traditions-and-experiences-to-savor-the-flavor-of-eating-right.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “National Nutrition Month 2020.” Accessed February 24, 2020. https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month?_ga=2.247525255.1267546794.1582567514-1804486635.1582567514.

American Senior Communities. National Nutrition Month 2017: Awareness Events. March 7, 2017. https://www.asccare.com/national-nutrition-month-2017/.

Denny, S. “National Nutrition Month: A Brief History.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 106 (2006), no. 3, 365-366. https://www.eatright.org/~/media/eatright%20files/nationalnutritionmonth/nnmhistory_032006jada.ashx.

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