Celebrating National Nutrition Month

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“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”  ~Mark Twain

For the past 40 years, the month of March has been a time to remind us to take a moment (or the whole month) to learn more about the foods that are vital to our health.  In 1973 The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics started “National Nutrition Week” which expanded to the month-long observance in 1980 due to the public’s growing concern for the future generation’s health.  This year’s theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages us to personalize our healthy eating in order to make it an easier transition, as well as a tasty one.  In the past, many people may have agreed with Mark Twain’s quote above, and that’s exactly the perception that this year’s theme is trying to change. For more tips and healthy fun recipes, click here and “like” the official National Nutrition Month Facebook page.

As we draw this month to a close, SAGE has allowed free access to a few articles that can help you explore the effects of healthy eating on a deeper level:

The article, “Healthy-eater Identity and Self-efficacy Predict Healthy Eating Behavior: A Prospective View” offers research on how eating habits can significantly alter moods and behavior.

In the following article, “Family Food Rules and Healthy Eating in Adolescents”, studies show that ideas learned about healthy eating in nutrition at a young age will improve chances for healthier choices of food as adults. Researchers also discuss important ways to get adolescents to enjoy healthy eating and the effects of social priming.

In The Role of Optimism Regarding Nutrition and Health Behavior” researches suggests that having a positive and optimistic attitude can determine the likelihood of consuming healthy food.

What are you doing to honor National Nutrition Month? Feel free to comment below and share with us!

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