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Health Literacy: A Necessary Ingredient During National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month® is celebrated in March each year. It is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2020 theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite”. “Bite by Bite” refers to the belief that every small goal or change can be a step in the right direction and have a positive impact on your health.

Health Literacy: A Necessary Ingredient During National Nutrition Month

As you are preparing to celebrate National Nutrition Month®, don’t forget to include a focus on health literacy and the important role it plays in helping people make informed food choices. Clear communication is essential for everyone to understand how to interpret nutrition labels, prepare foods safely, cook food in a healthy manner, and determine the right portion intake. Additionally, a World Health Organization report published this year mentions that the right investment in nutrition within health services could save approximately 3.7 million lives by 2025. The integration of health literacy into nutrition information and practices will alleviate the stress around making the right decisions and support positive health behaviors.

Take a look at these resources that can help registered dietitians enhance their health literacy skills and communicate clearly:

Contact us to learn more about our education sessions that can align with your nutrition educational programs. Together we can build and sustain a culture of clear communication that will enhance nutrition practices and healthy habits. Let’s collaborate to help individuals understand that healthy food habits are a major part of a healthier lifestyle.

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