March is National Nutrition Month
Margo Kerrigan, M.P.H., Area Director
Indian Health Service California Area Office
MARCH 2012 - March is National Nutrition Month and the theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape." Nutrition is the act or process of nourishing or being nourished. Food and drink regularly provided or consumed is the definition of diet. Poor nutrition and diet negatively impact or cause many of the chronic conditions faced by Native people. This month take time to "Get Your Plate in Shape", to make changes for your health and wellness.
Every March, this national campaign provides an opportunity to focus on nutrition. It is about the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Dietitian Day, on March 14th celebrates registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services.
People want to live healthy lives, make healthier choices. Reflecting on what is important is a first step. At some level healthy eating and being physically active are part of what is important. Regardless if it is for you, your family, the next generation, culture or tradition; good nutrition and a healthy diet are essential. People can get their plates in shape, when they make the choice to believe that good nutrition and healthy diets are part of the circle, the balance of life.
The following materials are available for download as PDF documents at: http://www.eatright.org/NNM/content.aspx?id=5342
- 20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
- 25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
- Color Your Plate with Salad
- Eating Right for a Healthy Weight
- Eating Right Tips for Older Adults
- Everyday Eating for a Healthier You
- Get Your Plate in Shape
- Healthy Eating on the Run
- Power Up with Breakfast
- Shop Smart ? Get the Facts on Food Labels
- Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens