National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
“Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you “Go Further with Food”, while saving both nutrients and money. Here are some tips to get started:
- Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the five food groups on a regular basis.
- Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store. Search for healthy recipes that include some ingredients you already have, this will save you money at the grocery store as well as use up items you already have to keep them from going bad.
- Prepare meals ahead of time, such as the weekends or on days off. This can provide balanced meals that can be easily portioned and reheated throughout the week. Double the recipe while you’re at it – cooking in bulk saves money and allows you to portion and freeze meals for later.
- 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 that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. Peruse our brochure or download our new mobile app to find programs, classes, or gym or pool schedules to get you moving!
For personalized guidance on nutrition and fitness, you can meet with one of our personal trainers.
*Information provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics