National Nutrition Month®: What’s on Your Plate Day

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month®? Sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formally the American Dietetic Association),  National Nutrition Month®  was actually first started as National Nutrition Week in 1973. By 1980, they turned it into a month-long observance!

The purpose of the month is to promote awareness of making informed food choices, as well as encouraging sound eating and physical activity habits. This years key message is Getting Your Plate in Shape. What a great idea to coincide with the recent introduction of MyPlate (no more food pyramid!)

How can you get your plate in shape? You should aim to make half of your plate fruits and veggies, make at least half of your grains whole, switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, vary your protein choices (protein doesn’t mean JUST meat!), cut back on sodium, and be physically active (10 minutes a day is a great place to start!)

Check out tons of nutrition education resources here courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Now that you know all about National Nutrition Month®, you should know that today is actually What’s on Your Plate Day! It’s a day to help spread the word about MyPlate, SuperTracker, and portion control. Did you know that SuperTracker can actually give you a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan? Best of all, it’s free! Go ahead. Create your own profile today!

Has MyPlate changed the way you build a meal? Tweet about it! Use the hashtag #MyPlateYourPlate today to help spread the word. You can also tweet all month long about National Nutrition Month® by using the hashtag #NNM.

Happy National Nutrition Month®!

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