eating through National Nutrition Month. This year's theme encourages everyone
to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors
and social experiences food can add to our lives.
"This year's 'Savor the Flavor of Eating Right' National Nutrition Month theme
is a great reminder for everyone to develop a mindful eating pattern that includes
nutritious and flavorful foods, while also taking the time to enjoy everything
that a healthful and tasty meal brings with it," said registered dietitian nutritionist a
nd Academy President Dr. Evelyn F. Crayton.
The Academy strives to communicate healthful eating messages that emphasize
balancing food and beverages within an individual's energy needs, rather than
focusing on any one specific food or meal. To this end, it is the Academy's
position that improving overall health requires a lifelong commitment to
healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing maintainable and enjoyable
eating practices and regular physical activity.
"Slowing down and taking time to appreciate the positive emotions that
accompany mealtime are important steps to developing a sustainable
healthy eating plan," Crayton said. "The knowledge and experience of
registered dietitian nutritionists is one of the best tools for striking that
balance between creating a healthy lifestyle that includes the foods
and activities we enjoy with those we need."
Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, "National Nutrition Week"
became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing
public interest in nutrition.
To commemorate the dedication of registered dietitian nutritionists
as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of
Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday
of each March is celebrated as "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day."
This year Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day will be celebrated March 9.
As part of this public education campaign, the Academy's website includes
a variety of helpful articles, recipes, videos and educational resources,
all designed to spread the message of good nutrition and an overall
healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds.
Consumers are also encouraged to follow National Nutrition Month
on the Academy's social media channels including Facebook and Twitter
using the #NationalNutritionMonth hashtag.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization
of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to
improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics
through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.