During National Nutrition Month@ and Beyond, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Everyone to 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right'

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During National Nutrition Month@ and Beyond, Academy of Nutrition and

Dietetics Encourages Everyone to 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right'

CHICAGO, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While social,

emotional and health factors play a role in the foods people choose to

eat, the foods we enjoy are the ones we eat most. That is why, as part

of National Nutrition Month 2014@, the Academy of Nutrition and

Dietetics encourages everyone to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."

Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics

of healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. This year's

theme focuses on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals

that follow the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for

Americans.

"When taste is the most influential factor driving what consumers eat,

it is important that we find the balance between choosing the foods we

like with those that provide the nutrients we need," said registered

dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Glenna McCollum.

"This year's 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right' theme reinforces that

the two choices are not mutually exclusive."

The Academy strives to communicate 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. To this

end, it is the Academy's position that improving overall health

requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors,

emphasizing sustainable and enjoyable eating practices and daily

physical activity.

"Enjoying the healthy foods we eat and the physical activities we

engage in is key to developing a healthy lifestyle we can maintain for

years to come," McCollum said.

"Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics takes time to

strengthen its vision of optimizing the nation's health through food

and nutrition," McCollum said. "As registered dietitian nutritionists

and dietetic technicians, registered, our members have the ability to

translate sound science into helpful nutrition information that people

can understand and apply to their everyday lives."

Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, "National Nutrition Week"

became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public

interest in nutrition. To commemorate the dedication of registered

dietitian nutritionists as the leading advocates for advancing the

nutritional status of Americans and people around the world, the

second Wednesday of each March is celebrated as "Registered Dietitian

Nutritionist Day." This year Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

will be celebrated March 12.

As part of this public education campaign, the Academy's National

Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games,

promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to

spread the message of good nutrition based on the "Enjoy the Taste of

Eating Right" theme.

All registered dietitians are nutritionists - but not all

nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of

Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that

those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally

use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two

credentials have identical meanings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest

organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is

committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the

profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.

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