National Nutrition Month, held annually in March, is an effort by the American Dietetic Association to combat nutrition myths and to help consumers live healthy lives. This year's theme, "Nutrition: It's a Matter of Fact," focuses on the importance of utilizing factual, research-based information to make informed food choices and develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Throughout the month, local Purdue Extension offices worked with community organizations to host health and wellness fairs and food drives, and spread the word about healthy living to children in schools and libraries. "Part of our message is just to make sure people know what foods are best and to remind them that portion control is a major aspect of healthy eating," said Georgia Wagner, Purdue Extension Educator in Wayne County. "Some important aspects of a healthy diet include eating plenty of whole grains and a large range of colorful fruits and vegetables—the brighter and darker the color, the better. "Often, this means planning ahead to have healthy foods available to, rather than running to the local fast food restaurant when it's time to eat," she said.
In addition to eating well, National Nutrition Month also is a time to emphasize physical activity. "Exercise is essential for keeping a well-balanced healthy lifestyle," Wagner said.
For more information about local Purdue Extension activities in honor of National Nutrition Month, contact Laura Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.