March 1, 2016 Share

March is National Nutrition Month

For National Nutrition Month 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” by taking time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to your life.

“Food nourishes your body and provides necessary fuel to help you thrive and fight disease,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristen Gradney. “Food is also a source of pleasure and enjoyment.’Savor the Flavor of Eating Right’ by taking time to enjoy healthy foods and all the happiness they bring to your life.”

Here are some helpful tips to make nutrition the main ingredient in your meals this month:

  • Enjoy Food Traditions and Social Experiences. There are obvious social aspects to food. Whether it’s a nightly family dinner, a special holiday occasion, or a social gathering, food is often a central role.


“Research indicates that family meals promote healthier eating and strengthen family relationships,” Gradney says. “Prioritize family meals and enjoy the food traditions that accompany any type of social gathering.”

  1. Appreciate Foods Pleasures and Flavors. Take your time to appreciate the flavors, textures and overall experience of eating. We often eat quickly and mindlessly because of our busy schedules. Instead, eat slowly!
  2. Develop a Mindful Eating Pattern. How, when, why and where you eat is just as important as what you eat. Take the time to enjoy your meal, instead of trying to “work through lunch” by multitasking. This will lead to an overall healthier lifestyle.
  3. Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Eating well is lot more than eating fruits and vegetables. A dietician or nutritionist can help you design a diet that serves your individual health concerns, and develop a plan for continued wellness.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at

-All resources and quotes provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Good Nutrition Reading List:

Academy Publications

  • American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition by Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS. Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
  • Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide, Third Edition by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014.
  • Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens by Jodie Shield, MEd, RD and Mary Catherine Mullen, MS, RD. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2012.
  • Pocket Supermarket Guide, Fourth Edition by Mary Abbott Hess, MS, RD, LHD, LDN, FADA. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014.
  • Total Body Diet for Dummies® by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, LDN and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.

Nutrition and Lifestyle

    • 200 Surefire Ways to Eat Well & Feel Better by Dr. Judith Rodriguez, et al. Fair Winds Press, 2014.
    • Blood Pressure Down: The 10-Step Plan To Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks Without Prescription Drugs by Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RD, LDN. Harmony Books, 2013.
    • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to: The TLC Diet by Diane Welland, MS, RD. Alpha, a Member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013.The DASH Diet for Weight Loss by Thomas J. Moore, MD and Megan C. Murphy, MPH and Mark Jenkins. Free Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2012.
    • The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health by Becky Hand, RD, MEd and Stepfanie Romine. HarperCollins, 2013.
    • Too Busy to Diet. A Guide to smart nutrition when you’re on the move by Jacqueline King, MS,RD, CDE,FADA and Monica Joyce, MS, RD, CDE . CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015.
    • Eating Hints Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment: Support for People with Cancer by National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012.
    • Food Fights, Second Edition by Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012.
    • Grocery Makeover: Small Changes for Big Results by Julie Feldman, MPH, RD. Spry Publishing LLC, 2013.
    • How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, 4th Edition by Connie Liakos Evers, MS, RD. 24 Carrot Press, 2012.
    • Lose It For The Last Time by Amy Newman Shapiro, RD, CDN, CPT. Snewman Media, 2013.
    • Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know, 2nd Edition by William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, FAAP and Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP, Editors. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012.
    • The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition: Simple Steps You Can Take to Eat Well, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health by Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND. American Diabetes Association, 2014.
  • Quinn-Essential Nutrition –The Uncomplicated Science of Eating by Barbara A. Quinn, MS, RD, CDE. WestBow Press, 2015.

Sports Nutrition

  • Eat Like a Champion by Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN. AMACOM, 2015.
  • Endurance Sports Nutrition, Third Edition by Suzanne Girard Eberle, MS, RDN, CSSD. Human Kinetics, 2014.
  • Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fifth Edition by Nancy Clark, MS, RD. Human Kinetics, 2014.


    • 21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Your Heart by Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND. American Diabetes Association, Inc., 2015.
    • Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies® by Toby Smithson, RDN, CDE and Alan L. Rubin, MD. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.
    • People With Diabetes Can Eat Anything: It’s All About Balance by Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD. Media 117, 2013.
  • The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan: How to Reverse Prediabetes and Prevent Diabetes through Healthy Eating and Exercise by Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD. Ten Speed Press, 2013.
  • The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant: Eat Out, Eat Well by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE. American Diabetes Association, Inc., 2015.
  • What Do I Eat Now? A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes, 2nd Edition by Tami A. Ross, RDN, LD, CDE, MLDE and Patti B. Geil, MS, RDN, CDE, MLDE, FAND, FAADE. American Diabetes Association, Inc., 2015.




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