Friday, March 10, 2023

March is National Nutrition Month

To spread awareness and nutrition education, the entire month of March is National Nutrition Month, and the week of March 12-18 is Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week. 

National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign held in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the campaign, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. The theme of this year's National Nutrition Month is Fuel for the Future. Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment.

Ideas to get involved
1. In your family childcare, commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable each week during National
Nutrition Month®.
2. Give children a role in meal planning and let them pick out different recipes to try.
3. Try more meatless meals — choices like beans, peas and lentils are versatile plant-based
protein sources that work in a variety of dishes.
4. Let everyone help with food preparation — for the kids, there are age-appropriate tasks they may enjoy learning how to do.
5. Bring out the flavors of food by trying new herbs, spices, or citrus fruit like lemon or lime.
6. Create a "nutrition question of the day" contest. Draw the name of a daily prize winner from those who provided the correct answer.
7. Vote for your favorite fruits and vegetables: Show various photos of produce and ask children to vote for their favorite vegetable and fruit. Post a tally board to record votes.
8. Ask children to carefully save food product labels from empty boxes. Spend some time reading labels and comparing information in the Nutrition Facts panels. Expand into a menu-planning opportunity, using MyPlate as the guide to a healthy meal.
9. Start a vegetable garden by planting seeds indoors or in the ground. If that's not feasible, consider showing videos on how to plant a garden.
10. Develop a lesson plan that explains the science behind ingredients needed for baking.

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