Sunday, March 23, 2014

National Nutrition Month 2014

This year is the 40th annual celebration of National Nutrition Month, the theme is 
"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."

According to the American Dietetic Association the goal of this theme is to increase your awareness around food choices while encouraging you to choose wholesome, smart meals regardless of individual preferences (that scary green stuff won't kill ya, we promise), cultural traditions, or health issues. The American Dietetic Association hopes to help you find a balance between the foods you like and the nutrition you need which is key to healthful eating.
The American Dietetic Association / Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Wikipedia says for over nearly 100 years the organization known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA) officially changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.) in 2012. In 1973 National Nutrition Month and National Nutrition week were both established.  The organization's members are primarily registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians as well as many researchers, educators, students, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, clinical and community dietetics professionals, consultants and food service managers. Through its research journal, the Academy shapes and influences the public and legislative discussion about health, food safety and nutrition.

Here's what the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has to say:

Wikipedia goes on to say as an organization and research institute, the Academy holds a variety of influential health positions, including:
  • the only way to lose weight is through a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise
  • there are no good or bad foods, only good and bad diets
  • exclusive breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first 6 months of life and breastfeeding with complementary foods from 6 months until 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants
  •  up to 2 servings of soy per day for adults could be part of a healthy diet
  • a well planned vegan diet, (no meat, dairy or animal products) is appropriate and healthy for babies
  • to combat the obesity epidemic, adults and children need access to healthy foods, education on eating well, and preventative health services, including healthy eating counseling (health coach)
  • children who eat breakfast have better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye hand coordination (Kidseatright)
Experts agree ... 
It's important to focus on the practice consuming more nutrient dense foods (fruits,vegetables and whole grains) which are found in healthy foods to maintain your health and prevent disease.
For the complete blog post What is Nutrition Month all about? click here

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