March is National Nutrition Month

veggie-2Top 6 Actions Communities Can Take To Improve Nutrition

There are many ways you can promote National Nutrition Month®.

1) Work with local schools, workplaces, and grocery stores to offer and promote healthy foods. For example:

a. Collaborate with neighborhood or faith-based organizations that provide nutrition-related events.
b. Partner with a grocery store to hold healthy eating demonstrations, offer samples of healthy fruits and vegetables, or provide coupons for healthy foods.
c. Work with schools to offer different fruits each week for students to sample.
d. Help organize mobile markets or a grocery store shuttle program.
e. Local school leaders can remind students and parents about the importance of having breakfast.

2) Local grocery stores can display signage about the health benefits of lean proteins. Poll people in the community about their access and barriers to affordable, healthy food. Host a listening session for decision makers, the media and other partners to share the results.

3) Identify local partners – government agencies, faith-based organizations, media, and nonprofit groups. Ask them to help promote your message by supporting nutrition initiatives in the community.

a. Work with WIC and farmers markets to bring mobile markets to WIC clinics.

4) Be a local leader: Ask your local grocery stores and supermarkets to feature healthy foods throughout National Nutrition Month® by offering healthy recipes to try out a new fruit or vegetable.

5) Ask local markets and farmers markets to offer discounts on healthy foods or hand out coupons in support of National Nutrition Month®. Addressing affordability is key, as cost is a barrier for many people who would otherwise shop at local markets and farmers’ markets.

a. Work with WIC and SNAP programs to have low-cost items available at farmers markets.

6) Worksites can do a lot to promote National Nutrition Month® among employees. Work with companies to offer healthy snacks, advertise farmers’ markets near the company, or collect healthy recipes from employees to share in a newsletter.

Facts

  • Typical American diets are too high in calories from solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat.
  • Fewer than 1 in 3 adults get the recommended amount of vegetables each day.
  • More than 2 in 3 of adults and nearly 1 in 3 children and youth are overweight or obese.
  • More than 23 million Americans — including 6.5 million children — live in food deserts. Food deserts are neighborhoods, cities, or towns that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet.