National Nutrition Month
March is popularly known for spring breaks, spring cleaning and March Madness. Although this month is not usually associated with making goals to eat healthier (January with its resolutions is better known for this), we celebrate National Nutrition Month® in March. This year’s theme “Go Further with Food”, focuses on healthy food choices and staying active.
Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast to tackle the classroom or boardroom; or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose make a real difference for your health.
With a little planning you can make your food (and your wallet) go further by:
• considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store
• preparing meals and snacks in advance as a means to reduce food loss and waste
• buying only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
Learning how to manage food resources benefits you and the environment.
At WCHD we have nutrition specialists as part of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) division that can also provide your family with resources and tools to make your meals healthier. If your family qualifies for WIC you can receive one-on-one nutrition education and supplemental food benefits. You may also qualify for the Fit Families Program that helps families with children 2-4 years, identify and improve healthy habits. Call or text to see if you qualify for WIC.
Learn more about better nutrition initiatives in our community.
Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces are working together with local farmers to break down obstacles and increase access to local, fresh fruits and vegetables to students and employees at various organizations. Start the conversation within your organization on how to tweak your working environment to support healthier options.