Fun Events Highlight National Nutrition Month in March
By Karen Baker, RD, LD /The Village at Marymount
“Go Further with Food” is this year’s theme to celebrate National Nutrition Month in March.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has celebrated National Nutrition Month as monthly observance by nutritionists for the past 38 years. The goal of the annual observance, per the AND is, “to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition and position AND members as the authorities in nutrition.”
This year’s theme encourages consumers to understand that positive food choices can make a big difference in one’s overall health and energy levels. Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast promotes energy and allows you to be fully alert and engaged in daily activities. No matter what your health concerns, a Registered Dietitian can help guide you in making smart food selections to promote optimal health and well-being while considering one’s lifestyle, traditions, health needs, and personal preferences.
In addition to the National Nutrition Month celebration in March, the second Wednesday in March is recognized as Registered Dietitian Day. Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who are committed to promoting and improving health and well-being through proper nutrition. The day recognizes the dedication and commitment that RDs have toward advancing the nutritional status of people worldwide and in their communities.
The Village at Marymount, a Catholic-based superior quality-rated comprehensive health care campus featuring assisted living, short- and long-term rehab, skilled nursing, memory care, and palliative care, employs two full-time RDs – myself as clinical nutrition manager, and Georgia Zambataro, RD, LD. The department also includes Nada Citovic, a dietetic technician.
In the spirit of this year’s theme, The Village at Marymount’s RDs challenge you to “Go Further with Food!” by starting every day with a healthy breakfast — and promoting a healthier lifestyle for yourself in 2018.