National Nutrition Month® Celebration Ideas
March is National Nutrition Month®. During March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy) encourages its members to take part in an education campaign to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition and position the Academy’s members as the experts in nutrition. Registered dietitians (RDs) and registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are encouraged to take advantage of this national campaign to raise their profile as nutrition experts among patients, coworkers, clients, business associates, and the general public.
The National Nutrition Month theme for 2014 is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” “When taste is the most influential factor driving what consumers eat, it is important that we find the balance between choosing the foods we like with those that provide the nutrients we need,” said Academy President Dr Glenna McCollum, RDN. “This year’s ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right’ theme reinforces that the two choices are not mutually exclusive.”
This theme lends itself nicely to a variety of activities and events. You can celebrate National Nutrition Month in your businesses, work settings, and community in many ways. Use the annual theme designated by the Academy as a way to narrow your focus. Take this opportunity to raise your profile among colleagues, patients, and the community as a whole.
National Nutrition Monthmaterials, including handouts and promotional materials, are available on the Academy Web site at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/. The following are just a few ideas to help plan your celebration.
In a workplace or community
- E-mail a nutrition fact of the day to your colleagues every day during March. Post the same fact in a visible place in your workplace.
- Incorporate National Nutrition Month tips on your Web site and as part of your signature on e-mails during March.
- Write an article for your local newspaper.
- Use technology. Think about the listservs, chat rooms, blogs, and Web sites you interact with on a regular basis. During March, incorporate nutrition messages into your posts and generate nutrition discussions whenever possible.
- Prepare a tasty, healthy treat for your coworkers. Provide the recipe and nutrient analysis.
- Approach local senior groups and other clubs or organizations that have speakers at their regular meetings. Suggest a nutrition presentation during March.
- Design a nutrition true/false quiz for your coworkers. Provide small prizes for those who answer correctly. Enter all participants into a drawing for a larger door prize (nutrition related, of course)!
For local/state dietetic associations
- Sponsor a “dial-a-dietitian” evening through a local television or radio station.
- Supply radio or television stations with healthy breakfast baskets.
- Partner with a local supermarket to provide tours, classes, or a nutrition Q & A booth.
- Collaborate with your local school system to promote National Nutrition Month on school menus.
- Sponsor a food drive for canned fruits and vegetables. Provide nutrition fact handouts about fruits and vegetables for the recipients of the foods.
- Use National Nutrition Month graphics for a billboard/sign in your community.
The following are suggested resources for nutrition information for National Nutrition Month activities*:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
NCES: Health & Nutrition Education
*This list is not all-inclusive. Other sites also provide accurate nutrition information. Nutrition411.com cannot guarantee the accuracy of all materials available on all sites. RDs and RDNs should use their professional expertise to evaluate messages provided by these sites.
Review Date 1/14