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March is National Nutrition Month ®
Release Date: February 18, 2009

This annual event is committed to the promotion of healthful eating by providing practical nutrition guidance, focusing attention on making informed food choices, and developing sound physical activity habits.


March is National Nutrition Month ®

Now is the time to learn how to "Eat Right," according to the American Dietetic Association (ADA). March is National Nutrition Month ®, a month long event originally created in 1973 by the (ADA). This annual event is committed to the promotion of healthful eating by providing practical nutrition guidance, focusing attention on making informed food choices, and developing sound physical activity habits. The ADA is "dedicated to improving the nation's health through research, education and advocacy."

Each year, the ADA creates a new campaign to encourage people to learn the facts about proper nutrition in order to live healthier lives. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® 2009 is "Eat Right." The ADA's website also offers many nutrition education resources and links to help with making better choices, including information on US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) MyPyramid. The site includes facts about healthy eating, offers personalized eating plans, and provides interactive tools to help you find a balance between food and physical activity.

The #1 public health priority issue in Sussex County is the need to reduce obesity and increase physical activity among residents. The first step in achieving that goal is to increase awareness about the benefits of good nutrition. National Nutrition Month ® celebration continues throughout March with Registered Dietitian Day on March 11th, National School Breakfast Week from March 2nd -6th, and American Diabetes Alert Day on March 24th. For more information, please visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org, Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services at www.sussex.nj.us/health, and Steps to a Healthier You at https://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

A program of the
Department of Environmental and Public Health Services
Herbert J. Yardley, Administrator/Health Officer
One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone 973-579-0370 Fax 973-579-0399

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