Posted In Health Tips on March 01, 2023
March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual campaign created 50 years ago in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.
This year's theme is "Fuel for the Future," which highlights the importance of fueling our bodies at every age and eating with the environment in mind. Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs with sustainable foods. Each week will highlight different aspects of nutrition and how you can incorporate them into your daily routine.
Week 1: Eat with the environment in mind.
● Enjoy more plant-based meals and snacks.
● Purchase foods with minimal packaging.
● Buy foods in season and shop locally when possible.
● Start a container or backyard garden to grow food at home.
Find a farmer's market near you.
Week 2: Stay nourished and save money.
● Plan your meals and snacks.
● See what food you have at home before purchasing more.
● Use a grocery list and shop sales when purchasing food.
● Learn about community resources such as SNAP, WIC and local food banks.
Spotlight: The MAC Center
The MAC Center's Cancer Survivor Programs include the distribution and cultivation of fruits and vegetables! Ongoing offerings focus on nutrition and physical activity to help people improve their quality of life and reduce their risk of recurrence. In addition, experienced staff can guide people to the programs and community resources that are appropriate to their needs.
Garden & Vegetables
The Healing Rose Garden is a community garden with a mission to engage survivors in growing and eating cancer-fighting organic vegetables. Survivors take on tasks, if able, to nurture the garden and harvest vegetables. The garden manager provides education on growing, harvesting, food preparation and food safety.
Gardening is therapeutic. It encourages healthy eating and physical activity. The garden creates a community of people and is a peaceful sanctuary that embodies hope and health.
As funding permits, vegetables are available to survivors year-round. Days and times are established depending on the time of year. During the spring and summer, vegetables and herbs are grown in the Healing Rose Garden and harvested by garden members.
Week 3: Eat a variety of foods from all food groups.
● Include your favorite cultural foods and traditions.
● Eat foods in various forms including fresh, frozen, canned and dried.
● Avoid fad diets that promote unnecessary restrictions.
● Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs.
Check out these smart snacking tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Week 4: Make tasty foods at home.
● Learn cooking and meal preparation skills.
● Try new flavors and foods from around the world.
● Find creative ways to use leftovers rather than tossing them.
● Create happy memories by eating with friends and family when possible.
Check out these tips on eating right and reducing food waste from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Week 5: See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
● Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN.
● Find an RDN who specializes in your unique needs.
● Learn how nutrient needs may change with age.
● Receive personalized nutrition information to meet your health goals.
Spotlight: TidalHealth Medical Weight Loss & Bariatric Nutrition
With offices in Seaford and Salisbury, TidalHealth Medical Weight Loss and Bariatric Nutrition is ready to help you meet your health and nutrition goals! Call them today at 302-297-2412 or learn more online.