Food is fuel that propels our bodies to optimum performance and success, so are you filling up with premium goods or pouring literal and metaphorical sugar in the tank? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (also known as Eat Right) promotes National Nutrition Month annually each March to invite people “to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.”
The theme for 2022 is “Celebrate a World of Flavors.” Life U is making a point to celebrate with delicious and diverse flair, holding several events to kick off this amazing month of health and wellness.
Life U National Nutrition Month Events
Nutrition Month Kickoff- Two kickoff events hosted by the Food & Nutrition Club
March 1, 11:00 a.m. – Latin-Themed Dance Cardio in Fitness Center Dance Room. Free homemade salsa and chips for all participants.
March 2, Noon – Themed Cycle Class in Fitness Center Cycle Room. Free energy bites for all participants.
Nutrition Fair– March 3, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CGUS Patio outside Socrates Café.
Free food, samples, nutrition information, giveaways and more. This event is hosted by the Food & Nutrition Club, along with NutriDyn and the Campus Activities Board (CAB).
Naturally, the Food & Nutrition Club is leading the charge on these events, and they take great pride in educating the public in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
“Another big piece of these events is to show that you do not have to throw away your food culture in order to eat healthy. Everyone can eat healthy within their food culture, and we will be providing nutrition education on how to do that,” said Food & Nutrition Club President Amber Sproule. “It is my goal that people will expand their horizons when it comes to food and trying new food cultures. My officers and I are doing our best to make these events memorable and enjoyable. We hope that students and faculty enjoy the events and help us spread awareness about National Nutrition Month.”
Ideally this awareness month is more than just a chance to try out a new workout class or take a bite of a yummy free sample. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has set weekly messaging goals for March that serve as a suitable jumping off point for anyone interested in improving their nutritional knowledge and consumption.
Week 1: Eat a variety of nutritious foods.
- Include healthy food from all food groups. Here is a tip sheet from Eat Right to guide you. Start with small, manageable dietary changes.
- Learn how to read Nutrition Fact labels. This “Shop Smart” guide from Eat Right should help you crack the code.
- Incorporate your favorite cultural foods and traditions.
Week 2: See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
- If you would like a more personalized nutrition plan, consider asking your doctor for a referral to an RDN.
- Look for an RDN that specializes in your specific needs.
- Receive personalized nutrition information to meet your health goals.
Week 3: Plan your meals and snacks.
- Choose healthy recipes to make during the week. If you are stumped, Eat Right has plenty to choose from.
- Use a grocery list to shop for nutritious foods, being mindful of what is in season and checking nutrition labels.
- Make healthful food and drink choices when eating out.
Week 4: Create tasty foods at home.
- Learn cooking and meal preparation skills.
- Try new flavors and foods from around the world.
- Enjoy your meals with family or friends, when possible.
All this talk about nutrition might seem a little, well, nutty, but proper nutrition is fundamental to a well-balanced lifestyle. Happy Nutrition Month, everyone!