March is National Nutrition Month

Mile Bluff is celebrating National Nutrition Month® in March. This is an annual nutrition and physical activity campaign that was developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1973. It was spurred on by the public’s increased interest in nutrition. The month-long celebration also makes a point to endorse Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as the most reliable source of up-to-date and science-based food and nutrition information.

The National Nutrition Month® theme this year is “Go Further with Food.” This encourages the public to take in the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, while also encouraging individuals to limit food waste.

Whether it is a healthy breakfast to energize you for the day or a nutritious snack to fuel you for an athletic event, food can provide healthful energy! Also, preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance, can also help to decrease food loss and waste.

Tips to improve health, save money

  • Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups daily.
  • Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  • Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days, and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  • Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount recommended for you, as MyPlate encourages.
  • Continue to use good food safety practices.
  • Find activities that you enjoy, and be physically active most days of the week.
  • Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Dietitians can provide sound, easy-to-follow, personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

If you are interested in a nutrition appointment or food and nutrition information, the registered dietitian nutritionists at Mile Bluff are eager to help. Talk to your primary care provider about a referral, or call 608-847-1296.

Visit www.eatright.org or www.choosemyplate.gov for more nutrition information and tools.