March is National Nutrition Month, an annual observance that encourages Americans to adopt a healthy eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods. What started as a week-long event in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics became a month-long celebration in 1980, thanks to growing public interest in nutrition. Food and nutrition professionals often celebrate this special month by providing educational and fun resources and treats to promote healthy eating in the workplace and at home.
This year’s theme, “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” encourages food traditions and the appreciation of eating flavorful foods with friends and family.
The National Agricultural Library’s (NAL) Nutrition.gov website offers tools and resources for cooking and consuming healthy and delicious foods. Americans are encouraged to learn to cook food without adding too much salt or saturated fat.
Eating an appropriate mix of foods from the food groups and subgroups - within an appropriate calorie level - is important to promote health.