This month, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. National Nutrition Month was created by the American Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. With more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners, the Academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
Get involved! Here are 6 ways to get everyone involved this month:
- Plan to eat more meals at home or as a family. Family meals provide an opportunity for everyone to come together and strengthen relationships.
- Feature plants as the star of your plate. There are many studies that continue to show the benefits of eating more plants. These include lowering your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, to increasing life expectancy and happiness.
- Explore cultural food traditions. Try different items from international cuisines (Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, etc.) or regional foods of the United States.
- Organize a food donation campaign for a local food pantry or shelter. Do some good while making yourself feel good!
- Organize a socially-distanced healthy potluck. Have each person cook their dish and eat together through an online video platform. Make sure each of the food groups is represented!
- Consider creating a compost bin. Compost bins are a great way to enrich your own soil, reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, encourages the production of good bacteria and fungi, and lowers our carbon footprint by reducing methane emissions from landfills. Click here to learn more about composting from the EPA.