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 It’s practically March. Those of us who live in New England can’t wait for March because February 2015 is in the record books as one of the Top 5 snowiest and coldest of all time. But there is good reason for everyone to be excited about March’s arrival and that’s because it’s National Nutrition Month.

After languishing for seven years as a mere Nutrition Week, National Nutrition Month burst onto the healthy eating scene in 1980. It is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which touts itself as the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. And, if you are a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, not only must you use a pretty tiny font for your business cards, more importantly, you get your own day on March 11th!

But National Nutrition Month is not all about tooting our own horn, it’s about promoting the idea of eating healthy. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”. You can get the slogan on everything from balloons to water bottles to t-shirts to tote bags. Even on pens made to look like carrots. For kids, there are coloring books, stickers, and pencils.

If you are planning an event for your school or community, you can get free handouts with topics ranging from Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens to Power Up with Breakfast to Eating Right Tips for Older Adults.

I checked out the handout titled 20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables and found some great tips. For instance, #9 is Get saucy with fruit! Puree apples, berries, peaches or pears in a blender for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or on pancakes, French toast, or waffles.

#20 encourages us to dip. Whole wheat pita wedges in hummus, baked tortilla chips in salsa, strawberries or apple slices in low fat yogurt, or graham crackers in applesauce. For #8, you only need to place colorful fruit where everyone can easily grab something for a snack on the run.

For loads more information, go to http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org. But don’t limit yourself to a month. Why not make healthy eating a year round experience!

Has the weather had any impact on your nutrition and fitness goals?
Whether drought, ice, snow or extreme cold, it’s time to March towards Spring on a healthy path.
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