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Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day for National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month 2013March is National Nutrition Month®, which calls attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

This year’s theme, "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day," encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. 

Here is a quick guide to eating right from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help you Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day:

  • Personalize your eating style: The easiest way to get the nutrients your body needs is to eat healthy foods you enjoy. Finding good-for-you foods that please your palette makes eating healthfully special and exciting.
  • Eat for your lifestyle: Athletic, vegetarian/vegan, corporate and family lifestyles all have special nutritional needs, but eating right can be easy and tasty if you pay attention to those foods that best help get you through the day.
  • Incorporate cultural and ethnic traditions: Foods from around the globe often incorporate an abundance of unique, flavorful and nourishing ingredients. Keep traditions alive and bring the world to your family's table.
  • Keep health concerns in mind: A healthful eating plan can help prevent and treat a variety of health concerns. With modification and moderation, you can enjoy your favorite foods while meeting your nutritional needs and health goals.
  • Choose healthy snack foods: Healthy snacks can add fiber and nutrients to your diet without unwanted calories and can help you avoid empty calorie snacking and overeating.
  • Make MyPlate your plate: Fill half of your plate with your favorite fruits and vegetables; keep protein portions lean and about three ounces; make at least half of your grain choices whole grains; and be sure to include low-fat or fat-free dairy products like milk and yogurt.

Registered Dietitians

Registered DietitianRegistered dietitians can play a critical role in helping people eat right, their way, every day. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian make them specialists in developing a personalized nutrition plan just for you.

When you see a registered dietitian, the last thing you'll get is one-size-fits-all diet advice. After learning about your health history, favorite foods, eating and exercise habits, a registered dietitian will help you set goals and priorities, putting you on the path to lowering weight, eating healthfully and reducing your risk of chronic diseases.

What a Registered Dietitian Can Do for You
  • Offer the highest level of nutrition counseling
  • Give personally tailored advice
  • Help manage chronic diseases
  • Provide guidance navigating food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances
  • Design a weight-loss program that really works

Dietitians work in various capacities in healthcare, foodservice, corporate settings, and educational arenas. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.  

Learn more about What a Registered Dietitian Can Do for You

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Last Reviewed 3/4/13