It’s that time of year: National Nutrition Month!

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In 1973, National Nutrition Week began as a way for dietetic professionals to promote their profession and as a way to deliver nutrition education to the public. Professionals used the theme, “Invest In Yourself– Buy Nutrition,” to plan special events in schools, health care facilities, and community centers and used radio announcements and news releases. Because of the campaign’s widespread popularity and a growing interest in nutrition and health, National Nutrition Week was expanded to National Nutrition Month in 1980.

Today, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month as an annual nutrition and education campaign during the month of March. And, according to their website, it “is designed to focus attention of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.”

This year’s theme is: “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” and, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you visit their website for a slew of promotional resources and credible sources. I found this free printable handout especially applicable to all of my fellow starving college students:Eating_Right_on_a_Budget-4.jpg

Food Digest will promote National Nutrition Month by posting healthy recipes twice a week: “Tasty Tuesdays” and “Thirsty Thursdays.”

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So, sit back, relax, and “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

For a more detailed history of National Nutrition Month, check out “National Nutrition Month: A Brief History”

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