Back in March 1973 when many of today’s older adults were munching on Twinkies® and Pop Rocks®, America was holding its first National Nutrition Week. By 1980, with increased public support, the weeklong dietary awareness campaign expanded into a month-long observance, National Nutrition Month®, which is created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
The 2016 theme of the March healthy eating campaign is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” One of the main goals of the March healthy diet focus is to help children through older adults make informed food choices and develop sound eating and regular physical activity habits.
Through the Academy’s 2016 National Nutrition Month Blogroll, nutrition health and fitness bloggers are sharing their perspectives on “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” The website’s insights include seeing foods as nourishing fuel vs. responding to anxiety, sadness or anger cues. Additional nutrition tips include the following:
- Be more mindful when eating. Eating should take a minimum of 20 minutes.
- Listen to internal hunger cues instead of depending on the clocks.
- Sit at the table to eat. Too many on-the-run people eat while standing, in the car or at their desk, and the added stress affects digestion and overall health.
- Enjoy eating without the distractions of technology (e.g., television, cellphone, computer, etc.).
Part of the March nutritional campaign is to help people understand the importance of professional dietitians in providing healthful food and nutrition services. Right at Home senior care providers work with doctors and nutrition professionals to ensure older adults receive regular, well-balanced meals (with maybe an occasional snack like Pop Rocks in the mix).
What can you do to encourage a senior loved one’s nutritional health?
An award-winning journalist who has documented stories in nearly 20 countries, Beth Lueders is an author, writer and speaker who frequently reports on diverse topics, including aging and health issues for both U.S. and international corporations.