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National Nutrition Month (March)

March marks the beginning of spring and it is National Nutrition Month. Despite not always being able to maintain our New Years' resolution to become healthier, spring is a time for a fresh start. What better way to get back on track and improve ones health than to participate in National Nutrition Month? This year, the theme of National Nutrition Months is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Research has found that taste trumps nutrition as the primary reason why one food is purchased over another. The focus of the 2014 campaign is how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate recommendations.

The seventh annual Register Dietitian Nutritionist Day is March 12, 2014. This is a day to increase awareness of Registered Dietitians (RD) as vital providers of food and nutrition services, and to recognize RD's for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential "RD." The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams), in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings, and academia and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. In other words, RD's do a lot more than just plan diets. What can a RD offer you?

  • The highest level of nutrition counseling
  • Personally tailored advice
  • Help managing chronic disease(s) like diabetes or heart failure
  • Guidance managing food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.
  • Development of a weight lose program that really works.

Augusta Health has a staff of registered dietitians who specialize in areas ranging from diabetes, to cancer, to wound healing. To be directed to the best resource for your specific need, please call our outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program at 213-2537.

Information in this article was obtained from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information please visit: http://www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month

Information provided by Carter D. Kriz, student intern in Public Relations at Augusta Health. To contact Community Wellness, Dana Breeding, RN, Health Educator, relating to the information in this article, please call (540) 332-4988 or (540) 932-4988.