National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, during the month of March, inviting everyone to focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Everyone knows by now that your eating habits affect more than just your health. Dental health is directly affected by the foods you eat too! Sugary drinks and foods will cause caries or tooth decay if not properly attended to, as well as a build up of tarter and plaque if those foods aren’t removed regularly. And that’s just for starters!
Week One: Eat a Variety of Nutritious Foods Everyday!
- Include foods from each of the food groups
- Stay hydrated
- Read Nutrition Facts Panels on food packaging
- Control portion sizes
- Eat slow, chew well and enjoy your food
Week Two: Plan Your Meals Each Week
- Make and use a grocery list
- Be health conscious when dining out
- Choose healthy recipes to prepare
- Make healthful lunches and snacks for work and school
- Pre-plan meals out when traveling
Week Three: Learn New Skills to Create Tasty Healthful Meals
- Shop for and keep well stocked of healthy ingredients
- Always practice proper food safety
- Share meals together whenever possible
- Reduce food waste by incorporating leftovers into next day meals
- Always try new flavors and foods whenever possible
Week Four: When to Consult a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN):
- Ask for a referral from your PCP
- Receive personalized nutrition advice to meet your goals
- Meet with your RDN in a variety of settings
- Find an RDN that meets your specific needs
- Thrive through the transformative power of nutrition
For information on nutrition and how it affects your oral health, speak to your doctor or dentist.
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