National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's National Nutrition Month theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape." The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages consumers to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. In 2010, no state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-six states had a prevalence of 25% or more; Michigan had a prevalence of 30% or more. See Weight-control information network for more information.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can help you find the proper diet for adults, seniors, children and teens, learn how to calculate your BMI, learn about healthy foods and nutrition and more.
For additional information on Nutrition and Diets, please refer to ROPL's Research by Topic section, Diet & Nutrition.