In support of the National Nutrition Month™ campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, DoDEA focuses attention on helping military children and their families understand the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2017 theme - Put Your Best Fork Forward - acts as a reminder that each bite counts. Making just small shifts in our food choices, can add up over time.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with small changes in order to make healthier lasting changes you can enjoy. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits - one forkful at a time. So whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when eating out, Put Your Best Fork Forward to help find your healthy eating style.
Below are some fun facts, tips and tools to help make National Nutrition Month engaging and fun for children.
Did you know that when families eat together (at the same table without the television on in the background or other distractions), important learning and critical support takes place?
With longer conversations, kids and teens are introduced to more rare words and more complex ideas, which help their language skills.
More frequent family meals are associated with improved self-esteem; less depression and suicide ideation; and less tobacco, alcohol and drug use in teens, especially females.
Parents, students and teachers can track their personal fruit and vegetable intake against the goals for their age group. Refer to DoDEA National Nutrition Month Presentation.