By: Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation
Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes National Nutrition Month® with an education and information campaign. This effort serves as a reminder that each one of us hold the tools to make healthier food choices. National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each year since 1980, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2017 theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” reminds us that each bite counts. It also shows how making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into the future.
At Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® across North America, more than 90 of our annual safety events offer a station to engage participants in goal setting, self-discipline and decision making for a healthier lifestyle. During hands-on activities and demonstrations, participants learn how to read labels, select smart snacks, adopt physical activities or commit to daily exercise, understand the benefits of water, uncover the amount of sugar in various beverages and compare healthy and oversized portions. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics share these five tips to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” this year:
- Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
- Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
- How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
- Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
Celebrate National Nutrition Month® and get the entire family involved in adopting a healthy lifestyle. Play games, download tip sheets, view recipe videos and more at http://sm.eatright.org/NNMinfo
Since 1995, more than 1.5 million children and youth have been impacted by the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program. For more information on safety or for details about hosting, donating, volunteering or attending at a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, visit www.progressiveag.org or call us toll-free at 888-257-3529.
Photo: Making healthy choices when it comes to diet and exercise are what these participants learn at a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in Illinois. Many Safety Days throughout North America offer a healthy lifestyles component.