March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

by Miriah Turner on March 12, 2014 at 6:44 am

We normally THINK green in March, but the Ohio Health Department along with Help Me Grow is reminding families to EAT their greens and make healthy choices.

The month of March is National Nutrition Month. Along with promoting fruits and vegetables, Help Me Grow is recognizing March as the time to evaluate eating habits and to make positive adjustments to physical activity.

"Every year there’s a different theme and this years theme is enjoy the taste of eating right and basically what that transpires to is you can have your cake and eat it too, all good things fit," said Claire Gately, Registered Dietitian. "If you’re familiar with the plate method of eating that’s the newest thing people look at these days. What it basically represents is half your plate should be fruits and vegetables, and then a quarter of your plate should be grains, preferably whole grains, and then a quarter of your plate lean protein sources."

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created National Nutrition Week in 1973 which later became National Nutrition Month in 1980 to educate the public to make informed health choices. Help Me Grow is reinforcing the initiative by educating moms and children next week.

"We are having Bill Bird, Corporate Chef from Zandex Healthcare, come next week and he is doing a cooking demonstration for our participants, so we look forward to that to show people that, yes, you can eat well and it can taste good" said Gately.

If you would like to learn more about National Nutrition Month or about Help Me Grow and events coming up to promote health you can call Help Me Grow at 740-454-5040 or visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at eatright.org.