Events are planned, healthy recipe handouts are ready and anticipation is building. If you’re a dietitian, you know what March means: It’s National Nutrition Month®!

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Forty-four years ago, the first National Nutrition Month® campaign was launched with the theme “Invest in Yourself – Buy Nutrition!” Numerous slogans since then have embodied the goal to improve our own food choices and empower others to care more about good nutrition.

A favorite past slogan of mine is “All Foods Can Fit.” As most registered dietitian nutritionists can relate, I especially like to quote that slogan when someone guiltily tries to hide their dessert from me at work. I certainly wish that wasn’t part of being an RDN. I also wish more people would consider including healthy foods in their diet BEFORE they have a major medical crisis as a wake-up call.

If you could make one National Nutrition Month® wish, what would it be?

Would you wish that you didn’t have to convince everyone to eat their veggies? Or that your patients would choose balanced eating over the next fad diet?

This month, we’ll be celebrating National Nutrition Month® on our Nutrition Dimension Facebook page by sharing wishes, dreams for our clients and hope for the health of our nation from nutrition professionals across the country.

This year’s slogan, “Go Further with Food,” centers on ways we can take the next step to nourish ourselves better, make time for our health and include foods that provide the most benefits to our bodies. Whether an athlete, a student or a busy parent, good nutrition is the fuel that drives everyday activities and significantly impacts our health.

Since there’s no one diet that’s right for everyone, educators of nutrition must constantly ask ourselves the following questions:

  • What do people need to eat to be healthy?
  • What does the current research show regarding what we should be eating?

To make a difference, we need to understand current research and how to apply it to ourselves, our clients and our families. That’s where we can help. Nutrition Dimension will help you stay up to date to help others “Go Further with Food” during National Nutrition Month® and beyond through our high quality nutrition-focused continuing education programs.

And if you’re not a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, thank one on RDN Day, March 14, 2018 (It’s also National Pi day!).