March is National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month® is a time to promote the benefits of eating a healthy diet and actions people can take to make healthy living easier. Helping to gain access to healthy foods and encourage small changes to daily routines can make a big difference for overall health.

Why eat healthy?

  • To lower your health risks. Choosing healthier foods can help you lower your risk for chronic health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • To stay strong and active. Healthy foods have the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to stay strong and live a longer life.
  • To manage your weight. A healthy diet and physical activity can help you stay at a healthy weight.
  • To set a positive example. If you have children, the healthy food options your child sees you make now can impact their eating patterns throughout their lifetime.
  • To save money. When a person eats healthy and lives a healthy lifestyle, he or she is less likely to develop costly chronic illnesses in life. A healthy lifestyle can help you avoid spending thousands of dollars on doctors’ visits and medications later in life.
  • To improve mood and mental health. What you eat has a direct impact on your brain which regulates your mood. Also, eating healthy foods can help to keep your mind from feeling foggy and distracted.
  • To help improve your quality of sleep. People who avoid large amounts of caffeine and foods high in sugar and fat are more likely to have higher quality sleep.


  • More than 1 in 3 of adults and nearly 1 in 5 children or adolescents are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, which are among the leading causes of illness and death.
  • Fewer than 1 in 3 adults get the recommended amount of vegetables each day.
  • Approximately 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
  • 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.
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.


*Harvard Health Publishing. 2016. Healthy Eating: A guide to the new nutrition today.