By Audrey Kessler, RD, LDN
“Invest in Yourself--Buy Nutrition.” To raise awareness of the link between good nutrition and health, this was the theme of National Nutrition Week in 1973. It provided registered dietitians an opportunity to call attention to the profession while providing nutrition education programs throughout their communities. The campaign expanded to encompass an entire month in 1980 in response to the publics’ growing interest on the topic. Over forty years later, peoples’ interest in health and wellness has only increased. This March--which is National Nutrition Month®--the theme is, “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle.”
What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)? An RDN is a food and nutrition expert that “advises people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.” These health professionals have met and continue to complete academic and professional requirements to qualify for the title of RDN. Having fulfilled these requisites enables an RDN to practice in a variety of settings: from hospitals, schools and public health organizations to the pro sports world, supermarkets and private practices.
March may be National Nutrition Month®, but every day of every month is an opportunity for you to “invest in yourself” and your family. Good nutrition is a personal issue. Every one is unique in their lifestyle and nutritional needs, as well as how they access and use nutrition information. Finding ways make smart, healthy choices that meet your personal preferences and needs, including your budget, can be challenging. So, “To Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” talk to an RDN. They can help guide you to choose what’s nutritious, delicious and doable or you.
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- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Web site. What is a Registered Dietitian. http://www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8142#. Accessed March 2, 2015.