Mark A. Mahoney

National Nutrition Month in the United States is a nutrition education campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  

As we enter the annual celebration of National Nutrition Month we should reiterate the importance of doing our best to follow the nutrition and weight status objectives as detailed in the Healthy People 2020 report, which reflect strong science supporting the benefits of eating a healthful diet and maintaining a healthy body weight.

The objectives also emphasize that efforts to change diet and address weight concerns should address individual behaviors, as well as policies and environments that help enable these behaviors in settings such as schools, worksites, health care organizations and communities in general.  

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