March Is National Nutrition Month

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Fuel for the Future National Nutrition Month 2023.

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.”

“Food is the fuel that keeps your body running smoothly throughout your life, so give it the nutrients it needs to meet each life stage,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Amy Bragagnini, a national Academy Spokesperson based in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Making small steps to a healthier lifestyle can be easy. Here are some tips:

  1. Drink more water – replacing sugary drinks such as soda with water can remove unnecessary calories from your diet while helping to keep you hydrated.
  2. Eat more fruits & veggies – eating a variety of fruit & veggies can help add needed vitamins and nutrients to your diet and also reduce caloric intake when compared with snacks such as chips or candy
  3. Get up and move – go outside for a walk, work around the house, play with your children, whatever it is, keep your body moving
  4. Rest – be sure you are getting enough sleep each night to allow your body time to rest

Here is a great recipe for a healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad that is fast, healthy, & filled with bright Mediterranean Flavors! It’s perfect for lunch or as a side!

N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Science Program offers a variety of nutrition and wellness programs for the community. Please contact Kim Terrell, Family and Consumer Science Agent, at 828-389-6305 for more information.

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