National Nutrition Month 2019
In 1973, “National Nutrition Week” was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to provide the public more information on nutrition. As the public’s interest in nutrition grew, so did the national event. By 1980, this had become a month-long event and is now called “National Nutrition Month”. Each year the AND chooses a theme for this event.
Starting in 2019, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will honor National Nutrition Month as its own theme. This allows for accommodation of the diverse areas in which NNM is celebrated. This also provides health professionals, such as registered dietitian nutritionists, more flexibility to promote healthful messages during the month of March. Finally, it allows the campaign to go back to its original purpose, which eatright.org defines as: "To increase the public's awareness of the importance of good nutrition and position Academy members as the authorities in nutrition." The goal of NNM is to “focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.” Visit www.eatright.org/nnm to review resources and incorporate NNM recommendations into daily practice. Happy National Nutrition Month!