March is National Nutrition Month. Started in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), National Nutrition Month promotes healthy habits through informed choices. These healthy habits center on creating a balanced diet and increasing physical activity. For this year, we are celebrating cultures around the world. The theme, Celebrate a World of Flavor, aims to promote global cultures and cuisines.
All foods fit within a healthy diet. The key point is balance. We want to aim for an intake that includes fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, lean proteins, and whole grains. Most traditional meals include foods that follow this recommended pattern.
With an increase in the availability of foods, we can continue to follow our traditions and cultures. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is an excellent resource if you or someone you know wants to incorporate cultural meals into a healthful diet. RDNs have a wide range of expertise from various backgrounds and cultures. If you would like to find an RDN in your area, check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website to search for someone that fits your needs!