National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, Promise is inviting you to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s theme, “Celebrate a World of Flavors,” showcases how flavors from cultures around the world is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! A Promise Community Health Center Health Coach can help you create healthy habits that celebrate your heritage and introduce you to new foods and flavors! Watch the Promise social media this month for ways you and your family can celebrate National Nutrition Month with us!
Enjoying different flavors of the world is a chance to learn more about your own food culture as well as those that may be new to you. Familiar ingredients can be presented in new ways and new foods may remind you of things you already know and love. You may also come across ingredients and flavors you’ve never experienced before. Trying foods and recipes from various cultures is one way to include different flavors into your healthy eating routine. Many cuisines offer dishes which include foods from each food group, so it’s possible to plan meals that are nutritious, well-balanced, and bursting with flavor.
Trying new flavors and foods from around the world can also help you increase the variety in the foods you eat. Choosing a variety of nutritious foods from all of the food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein foods) and in the recommended amounts will help you get the nutrients that are needed for good health. Incorporate your favorite cultural foods and traditions, as you “Celebrate a World of Flavors” during National Nutrition Month and throughout the year.
See what our Population Health Team has to say about celebrating National Nutrition Month!
“Food talk matters. Kids are curious and absorbing everything they see and hear. Teaching our kids (and adults) what foods do for our bodies is so important!” – Stephanie Van Ruler, Population Health Manager
“We can build wellness through nutrition. Create healthy habits, not restrictions. Eating for better health is flavorful and delicious!” – Kim Davelaar, Nurse Health Coach
“Food is at the center of our lives for a reason. Throughout human history, we have gathered and connected over food. In this modern age, we sometimes lose sight of the impact that food truly has on us. What we choose to eat gives us energy, affects our moods, activates our genetics, and in a very real way shapes the path of our lives. Good nutrition really is the foundation of a healthy and happy life.” – Amanda Rickard, Nurse Health Coach