March is National Nutrition Month®

March is National Nutrition Month (NNM), an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate.” During the month of March, our Trinity Health Registered Dietitian Nutritionists make a special effort to engage our colleagues, community and family members with making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and exercise habits. You are encouraged to seek the guidance of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), who can tailor a healthful eating plan to meet your specific, individual needs. Everyone is unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes. Personalizing your plate is what we do best.

RDNs can show people how to use MyPlate, which provides practical, consumer-friendly tips to follow the key recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines. MyPlate recommends visualizing your plate as nutrient-rich sections with one quarter reserved for grains, another with protein-rich foods and the remaining half with fruits and vegetables along with a serving of low-fat or fat-free dairy.

We encourage you to take the “What’s on Your Plate?” quiz. The quick self-assessment provides tailored resources based on answers to a series of simple questions on current eating habits. The results page will provide a snapshot of how you are doing in meeting food group recommendations.

You can also give the “MyPlate Plan” a try.

In addition, the second Wednesday of March is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, an annual celebration of the dedication of RDNs as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world. This year’s observance will be March 10.