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National Nutrition Month Celebration

National Nutrition Month Celebration
Posted on March 15, 2024 by CHS

Proper nutrition is vital to a growing child’s health and wellbeing. Encouraging healthy eating  nourishes not only their bodies, but  also supports their mental health, prevents chronic diseases, helps maintain a healthy weight, and builds healthy habits that last through adulthood. March is National Nutrition Month®, a monthlong invitation by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to learn about making nutritious food and beverage choices and reinforcing active lifestyles.

This year’s focus is “Beyond the Table,” emphasizing food’s “farm to fork” connections. Throughout this month, everyone is encouraged to plan activities to learn the importance of how food is cultivated, sourced, and responsibly handled.

Exploring  a  farm or local farmer’s market is a great way to understand how food is grown and locally sourced. It also supports local economies, creates a stronger community connection, and provides families access to fresher, more nutritious, diverse, and even tastier food. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) also provides recommendations on how to safely buy, store, and serve safe food.

Researchers have found that a consistently healthy diet can prevent disease and improve health outcomes. However, preparing well-balanced meals is more than just a one-size-fits-all solution. Dietary guidelines are helpful tools, but understanding your health’s subtle distinctions and consulting your doctor or a dietician is advisable, too.

You can help support your child or the children you care in developing an appetite for healthy eating habits. The USDA’s MyPlate website or app is an easy and convenient way to personalize your food plan by age, weight, height, or physical activity. You can also find new recipes based on what you have in your kitchen, learn simple shopping techniques, and set healthy food goals.

The following are budget-friendly dining resources and recipes for parents and early educators to celebrate National Nutrition Month. They are grouped by life stage, but it is also important to consider children’s developmental stages and preferences.

Infants and Breastfeeding Mothers

Food for your Baby’s First Year (multi-lingual) - CHS Family Education Program

EatRight.org/for babyAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics Information and Resources

WIC – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

 

Toddlers

Introducing New Foods to Picky Eaters – CHS Blog

EatRight.org/for toddlers - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Information and Resources

Foods to eat when toddler is teething

Calfresh – California’s Nutrition Assistance Program (espanol) (Chinese)

 

Preschoolers

Healthiest Fast Food Choices for Your Child – CHS Blog

EatRight.org/for preschooler - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Information and Resources

Nutrition (multi-lingual) - CHS Family Education Program

DGA - Dietary Guidelines for Americans

How to read and understand nutrition labels – U.S. Food and Drug Administration

 

Grade School

Staying Healthy – CHS Family Education Program

EatRight.org/for gradeschooler - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Information and Resources

Easy Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for your child – CHS Blog

Nutrition Standards for School Meals -School Nutrition Association

 

References and Resources

https://www.eatright.org/national-nutrition-month

https://www.fda.gov/food/nutrition-facts-label/how-understand-and-use-nutrition-facts-label

https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/awareness-campaigns/50-ideas-to-get-involved-in-national-nutrition-month

Safe Food Handling | FDA

MyPlate | U.S. Department of Agriculture

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