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March is National Nutrition Month

Kari McDonnough, CDM, Director of Dietary Services and Nutrition

National Nutrition Month

According the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The theme for 2018 is "Go Further with Food". What does that mean? Go Further with Food? Whether you are starting your day with a hearty, healthy breakfast or fueling your body for your next long run, the foods you choose can make a difference. Preparing food at home can not only help people adopt healthier eating styles, it can also help with reducing food loss and waste.

Below are five ways you can help prevent food waste:

1) Plan your meals based on foods you already have in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry. There are several websites out there that will help you come up with recipes based on the ingredients you already have. Some of my favorites are: SuperCook (www.supercook.com) and Recipe Matcher (www.recipematcher.com). They are both great resources and easy to use!
2) Buy only the amount of food that can be eaten or frozen in a few days.
3) Place foods that spoil quickly at the front of the refrigerator. If you can see the food, you will use the food!
4) Store produce correctly. Are you not sure if something needs to be refrigerated? When in doubt, just Google it!
5) Get creative with leftovers. Use your leftover roasted chicken and make some chicken salad for your lunch the following day. Use your leftover veggies on top of a salad for your dinner the next night. I always cut up leftover meat and veggies to keep in the refrigerator for more meals.

For more information about National Nutrition Month please visit: www.eatright.org/nnm


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