It’s time for another type of spring cleaning because March is National Nutrition month. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is encouraging the public to erase the myths of nutrition and focus on the facts with its theme: “Nutrition – It’s a Matter of Fact.”
National Nutrition month is a nutrition education and information campaignsponsored annually by the ADA.
According to the ADA, the campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. It also promotes the ADA and its members to the public as the most valuable and credible source of food and nutrition information.
The ADA recommends that everyone have a registered dietician separate from your family doctor. “In the same way that you have a physician whom you see regularly to manage your medical needs, everyone should also see a registered dietician routinely for help in managing your nutritional needs,” registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokesperson Joan Salge Blake said in an ADA press release. Blake said it’s important to acknowledge National Nutrition month and the first annual Registered Dietitian Day on March 10 by establishing an ongoing relationship with an expert, a registered dietician.
This month is the perfect time to start analyzing your eating habits. There are lots of resources available through the ADA that provide an easy way to stay on track towards a healthier lifestyle. Mypyramid.gov offers personalized and reliable nutrition plans that help you focus on your objective. Keeping an active lifestyle and proper eating habits are the best way to maintain your weight.
Though it may be hard to observe National Nutrition Month, it’s good to set goals for yourself. “I’m going to try to eat two servings of fruits and vegetables daily, watch eating sweets and desserts, and attempt to stop eating after 10 o’clock,” Kate Walck, sophomore psychology major, said.
Get your food and nutrition facts from the experts and try to ignore myths and misinformation that can sometimes harm your body. The ADA stresses to find a registered dietician in order to be successful in the journey towards the pinnacle of health.
To find more resources about National Nutrition Month and the ADA, visit eatright.org.