Published on March 09, 2020

National Nutrition Month – Eating Right Bite by Bite 

PELLA, Iowa –March is National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

National Nutrition Month is a good time to reflect on how you’re eating — and how you could make some improvements. Rather than looking for answers in the latest fad diet, try improving your overall eating pattern. 

“Healthy eating patterns include a variety of nutritious foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy, lean meats and plant proteins and oils, " said Cathy Pollock, RD, LD, education dietitian at Pella Regional Health Center. “A healthy eating pattern will allow you to meet the dietary recommendations while staying within your calorie needs.”

Here are some Food, Nutrition and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

1. Eat Breakfast

2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables

3. Watch Portion Sizes

4. Be Active Regularly

5. Fix Healthy Snacks

6. Get to Know Food Labels

7. Consult a Registered Dietitian

8. Follow Food Safety Guidelines

9. Get Cooking at Home

10. Dine Out without Ditching Your Goals

11. Enact Family Meal Time

12. Banish Brown Bag Boredom

13. Drink More Water

14. Reduce Added Sugars

15. Make an Effort to Reduce Food Waste

16. Slow Down at Mealtime

17. Explore New Foods and Flavors

18. Eat Seafood Twice a Week

19. Take Supplements with Caution

20. Experiment with Plant-Based Meals