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March is National Nutrition Month

Healthy Aging | 03/27/20


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March is National Nutrition Month

March may be well-known for St. Patrick’s Day, but there’s another holiday that deserves celebration.

March marks National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics highlights National Nutrition Month every March to focus on informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. The theme for 2020 is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite,” which places an emphasis on the small changes we can make to our diet that can have a positive cumulative effect over time.

Every week brings about a new theme that dives deeper into healthy eating habits. Keep reading to learn all four tips we learned during the 2020 National Nutrition Month.

Easy Nutrition Tips You Can Start Adopting Now

Eat a Variety of Nutritious Foods Every Day: We’ve heard about the five food groups since we were kids, and it’s still important as adults to be sure to include foods from every group in our daily meals. A variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy help to keep your body functioning correctly and prevent chronic diseases.

Plan Your Meals Each Week: It’s easier to stick to a nutritious diet when meals and snacks are planned ahead of time. Rather than wandering the grocery store and grabbing convenient items or going out to eat every day, make a plan of healthy meals to include in the menu for the week. You can start small, like planning breakfasts or snacks, and then lead up to creating weekly meal plans that align with your nutrition goals.

Learn Skills to Create Tasty Meals: Although there’s no need to aspire to be a professional-level chef, learning key cooking techniques allows you to cook a variety of meals in the comfort of your own home. By preparing your own meals, you’re giving yourself the power to include healthful ingredients and understand exactly what is going into every dish you make.

Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN): What better way to celebrate National Nutrition Month than making an appointment to speak to an RDN? RDNs are healthcare professionals who offer personalized nutrition advice, giving you the tools you need to thrive through the power of food.

Delicious and Nutritious Meals Can Be Found at The Oaks at Denville

At The Oaks at Denville, we make it a priority to offer a variety of dining options that help to promote nutrition. Our recent renovations offer you the option to delight in a chef’s table with an open cooking area for demonstrations, enjoy a casual meal in our bistro or meet up with friends in our stunning dining room with a restaurant-style dining experience. Our head chef Joe Pane is a graduate of the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America and a former food stylist for The Food Network. He’s known for cooking with seasonal ingredients, infusing foods with fresh herbs, making soups with homemade stock and offering residents a culturally diverse menu.

We invite you to join us for a meal! Contact us today to schedule your personal tour of our stunning continuing care retirement community.