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March is National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month is a nutrition information and education campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. This year is the 40th Anniversary of National Nutrition Month.

The National Nutrition Month 2013 website (http://www.eatright.org/nnm) has a variety of materials for education and promotion, including a reading list, health tips, games and quizzes, and links to additional resources.

Other authoritative and up-to-date sources for nutrition information include:

MedlinePlus “Food and Nutrition” Health Topics page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/foodandnutrition.html.

USA.gov page on Food, Nutrition, and Fitness: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Health/Food.shtml. This resource features information about good nutrition, food safety, healthy meals on a budget, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nutrition page: http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/ which covers a wide range of topics related to nutrition.

Hands-on instruction on this topic is also available from the NN/LM SCR office via the newly released hands-on, in-person class: Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources. Check the NN/LM SCR Training Page for classes in your area or request to have it taught at your location (http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/).

There are still many days left in March, and it’s never too late to improve food choices and healthy eating habits! “Food for Thought!”

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