By: Helen H Jones, Regional Extension Agent, Human Nutrition, Diet, and Health
Eating healthier does not mean changing your entire eating pattern overnight. Small changes, made over time, can add up. For National Nutrition Month® 2017, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to start small – one forkful at a time, and “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”
Each March, the Academy encourages everyone to focus on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. Whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or selecting when dining out, always “Put Your Best Fork Forward” to help find your healthy eating style.
“How much we eat is as important as what we eat, which is why this year’s National Nutrition Month theme inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristi King.
The Academy strives to communicate healthful eating messages that emphasize balancing food and beverages within an individual’s energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific food or meal. To this end, it is the Academy’s position that improving overall wellbeing requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing lasting and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.
“It’s important to balance individualized eating plans that include a variety of your favorite, nutritious foods with physical activity most days of the week,” King says. “Registered dietitian nutritionists bring the knowledge and experience to help people find balance and create sustainable solutions that will keep them healthy throughout their entire lives.”