March is National Nutrition Month, and today, March 8, 2017, is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. Why is that significant? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy represent more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners, primarily registered dietitians nutritionists, who are committed to improving the health of individual patients/clients, families, and the community.
In 2008, the Academy created a special day for Registered Dietitians Nutritionists. According to their website, key messages for the public about these leading nutrition and dietetic experts encompass the following:
- Acquire degrees from Academy-approved programs in colleges and universities in specific fields of nutrition, food service, and dietetics plus additional internship training or plans of study,
- Translate the science of nutrition into practical application for healthy living,
- Help individuals achieve positive lifestyle changes,
- Advocate the advancement of nutritional status of Americans and people around the globe.
The Academy distributes nutrition related educational materials, and for National Nutrition Month has posted a word game for adults. Try it to refresh your memory and challenge your brain.
Celebrate this month with wise food choices. Should you need help with diets or food issues, remember to contact a registered dietitian nutritionist.