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National Nutrition Month

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Monday,

Tomorrow is the beginning of March, which means one step closer to spring and Daylight Savings time (Sunday, March 13th, for those who forget to adjust their clocks…like me every year). Along with the extra daylight and warmer weather, March is also known as National Nutrition Month!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has ways to get involved that help to increase awareness of making informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. The following information will hopefully inspire a year-round dedication to healthy habits and an improved lifestyle. The goal is to create opportunities to teach your communities, departments and families’ easy ways they can start to make improvements to their nutrition and ultimately lead a healthier way of life.

Here are some ideas:

-Use social media to send out daily recipes or exercise ideas to your community. Follow National Nutrition Month on the Academy’s social media channels, Facebook &Twitter, to gather more ideas and information.  Use #NNM hashtag if you send information via Twitter or Facebook.

- Contact your local public library and schedule a story time or nutrition program. Provide information on Eat Right nutrition trips for adults and children. Another idea is to organize a National Nutrition Month presentation at your local park or even senior center.

- Encourage your department to share healthy recipes and exercise tips through the use of your departments e-news or printed monthly newsletters. Reach out to local health professionals to create other opportunities to inform your community on ways to develop sound eating and physical activity habits.

-Lastly, remember leading a healthy life extends past healthy eating habits. Motivate your department in making an effort to make physical activity a part of their daily routine. Some ideas include morning yoga, run groups, or daily walks, which will reduce the chance of chronic illnesses and increase energy levels throughout the day.  

I challenge all of you to take the lead and raise awareness for National Nutrition Month. Taking the proper steps to lead a healthier life can have positive results, such as improving your mood, reducing stress, and increasing endurance and stamina. For more information on National Nutrition Month, click here.

Our March Wellness Webinar will be hosted tomorrow at 1:00pm by Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education at PlayCore. She will be discussing ways to attract more children and families to local community trails and parks. The webinar is designed to explore best practices for intentionally infusing play into outdoor environments in an effort to promote family fun, encourage healthy physically activity, and reconnect people of all ages to nature. To register please click the link:

NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you:

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions regarding National Nutrition Month, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


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