Go Further With Food for National Nutrition Month

March 06, 2018

By Kathleen Shafer, M.A., R.D.

Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help reduce food loss and waste. For National Nutrition Month 2018, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to "Go Further with Food."

Many people in the U.S. worry about how to feed their families but the amount of useable food that is wasted each day is astounding. By making some minor changes to the way we think about eating and meal planning we can help reduce food waste.  

Each March, the Academy focuses nationwide attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. Initiated in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, the public education campaign became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing interest in nutrition.

The Academy communicates healthful eating messages that emphasize balancing food and beverages within an individual's energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific food or meal. It is the Academy's position that improving overall well-being requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing lasting and enjoyable eating practices and regular physical activity.

Registered dietitians can help determine the lifestyle balance that provides our bodies with the nutrients we need and still eat the foods we enjoy the most.

Our NorthBay Healthcare Registered Dietitians work throughout our system:  

  • Sharing healthy eating habits for expectant mothers in the ABC (A Baby is Coming) clinic;
  • Working with patients with cardiac or pulmonary issues in our Cardiac rehab centers at NorthBay Medical Center and VacaValley Hospital;
  • Working to improve outcomes and nutrition status for our patients at the Cancer Center;
  • Teaching healthy behaviors to our diabetic population in endocrinology;
  • Educating with a focus on healing for our Joint Replacement patients;
  • Providing education and nutrition care to our inpatients at both hospitals; and
  • Leading and managing the Nutrition department

In August we added a registered dietetic technician to our clinical team. Her focus is to provide nutrition education to our COPD and heart failure patients. She’s been able to meet with more than 700 of our patients at both hospitals.

To commemorate the dedication of registered dietitians as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday of March is celebrated as "Registered Dietitian Day." This year's Registered Dietitian Day will be celebrated March 14.

The author is Director of Nutrition Services with NorthBay Healthcare.



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