Happy National Nutrition Month!

Posted 3.8.12 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month®? No joke! This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Get Your Plate in Shape.”

What is National Nutrition Month?

National Nutrition Month is a chance for Americans to set goals for healthy eating and ultimately develop positive habits for life. These healthy eating habits, along with regular physical activity, go a long way to reduce the risk of preventable diseases and illnesses and promote general wellness. Dietitians and other public health professionals often see March as the perfect time to host educational events and community activities that focus on healthy eating. Activities often support the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, hence this year’s “Get Your Plate in Shape” theme, which supports the new MyPlate messages for healthy eating.

How can Neocate kids celebrate?

What does it mean for a child who’s on Neocate to get his or her plate in shape? Well, it really depends. For a child who is getting all of his or her nutrition from a Neocate formula, there’s nothing else to do! That’s because Neocate formulas are nutritionally complete, providing all of the essential nutrition that growing children need to be healthy. To celebrate National Nutrition Month with an all-Neocate diet, you might choose to focus on physical activity instead, since it’s such a key part of good health, along with nutrition. You could also talk about how Neocate contains all of the great vitamins and minerals that would ordinarily come from the major food groups.

For children who use Neocate in combination with other foods, you can work toward trying to meet some of the goals within each of the food groups that your child tolerates. For instance, look for foods, recipes, and dishes whose main ingredients are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. You could focus on foods from a different food group each week this month!

What will you do to celebrate National Nutrition Month?

- Rob


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