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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
"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
"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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