March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.

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History

Initiated in March 1973 as a week-long event, “National Nutrition Week” became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. Read more in the article, “National Nutrition Month: A Brief History.”

Themes of the New Millennium

With the first “National Nutrition Week” in 1973, it was embraced by members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a way to deliver nutrition education messages to the public while promoting the profession of dietetics. In 1980, the week-long celebration expanded to become National Nutrition Month®. Over the years, the theme has reflected trends and culture of the time, but has always remained true to its original purpose: “To increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition and position Academy members as the authorities in nutrition.”

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Food and Fitness: Health for a Lifetime

2009

Eat Right!

2001

Food and Fitness: Build a Healthy Lifestyle

2010

Nutrition From the Ground Up

2002

Start Today for a Healthy Tomorrow

2011

Eat Right with Color

2003

Healthy Eating, Healthy You

2012

Get Your Plate in Shape

2004

Eat Smart — Stay Healthy

2013

Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

2005

Get a Taste for Nutrition

2014

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

2006

Step Up to Nutrition and Health

2015

Bite Into A Healthy Lifestyle

2007

100% Fad Free

2016

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

2008

Nutrition: It’s a Matter or Fact

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Nutrition and the Health of Young People

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Benefits of Healthy Eating

  • Proper nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of children.1
  • Healthy eating helps prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.1
  • Healthy eating helps reduce one’s risk for developing obesity, osteoporosis, iron deficiency, and dental caries (cavities).1,2

Consequences of a Poor Diet

  • A poor diet can lead to energy imbalance (e.g., eating more calories than one expends through physical activity) and can increase one’s risk for overweight and obesity.1,8
  • A poor diet can increase the risk for lung, esophageal, stomach, colorectal, and prostate cancers.9
  • Individuals who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risk for weight gain, overweight, and obesity.1
  • Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can result in weight gain, overweight, and obesity.1
  • Hunger and food insecurity (i.e., reduced food intake and disrupted eating patterns because a household lacks money and other resources for food) might increase the risk for lower dietary quality and undernutrition. In turn, undernutrition can negatively affect overall health, cognitive development, and school performance.10-12

Eating Behaviors of Young People

  • Most U.S. youth
    • Do not meet the recommendations for eating 2½ cups to 6½ cups* of fruits and vegetables each day
    • Do not eat the minimum recommended amounts of whole grains (2–3 ounces* each day)
    • Eat more than the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium (1,500–2,300 mg* each day) .1,3,7
  • Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents aged 2–18 years, affecting the overall quality of their diets. Approximately half of these empty calories come from six sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.5
  • Adolescents drink more full-calorie soda per day than milk. Males aged 12–19 years drink an average of 22 ounces of full-calorie soda per day, more than twice their intake of fluid milk (10 ounces), and females drink an average of 14 ounces of full-calorie soda and only 6 ounces of fluid milk.6

Diet and Academic Performance

  • Eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function (especially memory), reduced absenteeism, and improved mood.13-15

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