March is National Nutrition Month! Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) creates an annual campaign to help people learn about making informed foods choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future” and emphasizes eating with sustainability in mind. Below are some helpful tips recommended by AND to nourish yourself and care for the environment each week of the month.

Week 1: Eat with the environment in mind

  • Enjoy more plant-based meals or snacks
  • Purchase foods with minimal packaging
  • Buy foods in season and shop locally when possible
  • Start a container or backyard garden to grow food at home

Week 2: See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)

  • Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN
  • Find an RDN who specializes in your unique needs
  • Learn how nutrient needs may change with age
  • Receive personalized nutrition information to meet your health goals

Week 3: Stay nourished and save money

  • Plan your meals and snacks
  • See what food you may have at home before purchasing more
  • Use a grocery list and shop sales when purchasing food
  • Learn about community resources such as SNAP, WIC, and local food banks

Week 4: Eat a variety of foods from all food groups

  • Include your favorite cultural foods and traditions
  • Eat foods in various forms including fresh, frozen, canned, and dried
  • Avoid fad diets that promote unnecessary restrictions
  • Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs

Week 5: Make tasty foods at home

  • Learn cooking and meal preparation skills
  • Try new flavors and foods from around the world
  • Find creative ways to use leftovers rather than tossing them
  • Create happy memories by eating with friends and family when possible