March is National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month throughout the month of March. This is a time to bring awareness to the importance of developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This recognition also provides a platform to discuss the role of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and how they can help their local community to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. 

An example of a dietary lifestyle that has gained a lot of attention over the past few years is the Mediterranean diet. This places an emphasis on foods that are high in fiber and contain healthy fats to improve one’s overall health. Primary sources of protein for this diet include seafood, legumes, and nuts.1 It is also recommended to increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.1 A dietitian would be able to help you find food choices that will work best for you and your lifestyle.  

Regarding physical activity, the CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and 75 minutes of intense aerobic physical activity per week.2 This provides health benefits such as improving overall well-being, decreasing risk of chronic diseases (such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer), along with improving mental health. Examples of moderate intensity aerobic activity include walking briskly, bicycling, yoga, and swimming.2 Vigorous-intensity activities include running, hiking, and heavy yard work such as shoveling the mounds of snow piled up around us.2 🙂 

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is recognized as the expert in nutrition services, providing scientific-based nutrition information to the public. This credential is regulated through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). An individual can gain this credential after completing a bachelor’s degree with course work from an approved ACEND program, completing an accredited supervised practice program/internship, passing a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and continuously pursuing professional education requirements to maintain registration. Dietitians work throughout various fields within the community positioning themselves in hospitals, food service management, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, the food industry, universities, corporate wellness, research and private practice.  

DID YOU KNOW? 

UPHS-M has Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) on staff who work in all capacities.  

  • Inpatient RDNs who work with our inpatients for all nutritionally related issues.  
  • Outpatient RDNs who work in the pediatric clinics (Pediatric Diabetes, Blue Prints 4 Health, Multi-Handicapped, Cardiology, Neuromuscular, and Hemophilia), the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, and who see outpatients for a variety of nutrition-related issues. Did you know that UPHS-M insurance covers 12 nutrition counseling visits per year for certain diagnoses?  
  • Outpatient diabetes program.  
  • Food and Nutrition Services. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Food and Nutrition Services is offering FREE sliced apples with any purchase on March 6th.  
  • Please be sure to complete the quiz attached to this article for Vitality Points.  

If you have any questions or for more information, please feel free to call us at (906) 225-3221. 

 References  

  1. https://www.nutritioncaremanual.org/client_ed.cfm?ncm_client_ed_id=408https://www.nutritioncaremanual.org/client_ed.cfm?ncm_client_ed_id=408 
  2. https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf#page=55 

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