With First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move healthy living initiatives in full swing, New Yorkers contemplating smaller sodas, and healthy school food programs being piloted all over the country, conversations about good health and nutrition are relevant like never before.
In other words, it’s a particularly awesome time to celebrate National Nutrition Month – a month-long celebration of nutrition education, healthy food, and physical activity sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Whether you’re a super healthy eater, someone who lives with a food allergy or sensitivity, or simply someone interested in learning more about nutritious food, there are lots of ways to get involved with National Nutrition Month. Check them out here:
- Learn more! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics put together a healthy eating reading list, with fascinating “good food” book titles for kids, adults, experts and beginners alike.
- Buy local. One great way to celebrate National Nutrition Month is to celebrate the very people who grow our food. Buy local produce, grains, cheese, and more at your local farmers’ market, or sign up for a community supported agriculture project (CSA), and get weekly deliveries of fruits and veggies that support your health, and the farmers.
- Cook right. Cut out all the processed and fast food from your diet by learning how to cook simple, delicious, and nutritious meals. Sign up for a cooking 101 class at your local JCC or culinary center, and check out publications like Cooking Light and Eating Well to get you started on the path of healthy cooking.
- Prep your snacks. Snacking is one of the quickest ways to add unnecessary calories into our diets – but there are ways to really snack well. Get ahead of your cravings by making healthy snacks (like cut up celery and carrot sticks, fresh fruit, air-popped popcorn, and low-fat plain yogurt) readily available in your fridge or pantry. That way, you’ll be all the more likely to reach for something healthy during your next snack attack.
Promote healthy eating for all. Celebrate and support the organizations that are working to make health, nutritious eating accessible for everyone, regardless of their background. Here are a few week like: AJWS’ Reverse Hunger Campaign, The Fair Food Network, People’s Grocery, Added Value, Mazon, and Stockbox.
What other ways are you celebrating National Nutrition Month? Let us know by tweeting us @repairtheworld.