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March 6, 2013

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CELEBRATES NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH® IN MARCH

Contact: Olga Connor
Rosa Oses-Prealoni
(786) 336-1276
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Florida Department of Health in Miami–Dade County Celebrates
National Nutrition Month® in March

(Miami, March 6, 2013) – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes March as National Nutrition Month ® a time to return to the basics of healthy eating. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, (formerly the American Dietetic Association) encourages everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month®.

This year's theme “EAT RIGHT, YOUR WAY, EVERY DAY,” emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences.

"This national observance serves as a reminder of the importance of making informed food choices and developing physical activity habits," said Dr. Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. "With simple changes to our daily eating and exercise habits, we can benefit for a lifetime."

Food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all affect our food choices. Whether you are a vegetarian, student, athlete, busy parent or jet-setting executive, it's important to “EAT RIGHT, YOUR WAY, EVERY DAY.” The overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of a healthy diet. Most favorite foods can fit within this pattern if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion sizes and combined with physical activity. So you can eat right and still enjoy the foods you love with a plan tailored for your lifestyle, traditions, health needs and of course, taste.

Just remember to eat plenty of your favorite fruits and vegetables, make half your grains whole, switch to fat-free or low-fat dairy, vary your protein choices, and cut back on sodium, solid fats and added sugars.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month®. 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 dietitians 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 Day." This year marks the sixth annual Registered Dietitian Day, which will be celebrated March 13.

For the best source of Nutrition Information consult a Registered Dietitian R.D.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' vision of optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition is strengthened each March as we celebrate National Nutrition Month®. As registered dietitians we are able to translate sound science-based research into helpful information that people can understand and apply to their everyday lives
A Registered Dietitian is the food and nutrition expert that can help you develop a healthy eating plan that's tailored to your needs and tastes.

For more healthful eating tips, information, and to find a Registered Dietitian in your area, visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org


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