March is the “National Nutrition Month”, which is an education and information campaign established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (former American Dietetic Association) since 1973. In their words: “The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its member (mostly, registered dietitians/nutritionists and diet techs) to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of “timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.”
This year, their theme is “Go Further with Food” affirming that making informed choices on what to eat will affect not only your body and health but also the health of your family, community and ultimately the planet.
The Academy is a founding partner with other associations like World Wildlife Fund, Feeding America, National Restaurant Associations, Grocery Manufacturers of America, and others; of Further with Food: The Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions, a virtual resource center that offers the opportunity for the exchange of information with the unified goal of reducing food loss and waste in the United States by half by the year 2030. To accomplish this goal, the academy is sending new messages like:
- Being mindful of portion sizes and your food.
- Choosing smaller portions that will not only help to reduce food waste but will also help you stay within your calorie needs.
- Asking for a “to-go” container at the beginning of your meal, when eating out.
- Finding new ways of preserving food like dehydration or canning.
- And encouraging donating food to those in need, and composting which is a good way to return valuable nutrients to the soil, while reducing food waste.
Following this suggestion will save you some extra calories, money and you will help the planet to be more sustainable.