March is National Nutrition Month®, organized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Each year, this month is used to highlight the importance of good nutrition and the expertise of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). The celebration is happening all over social media and in real life too.
This is the perfect time to remind both consumers and nutrition professionals about the nutrient density of dairy products. Milk provides nine essential nutrients, and other dairy products similarly provide a number of important nutrients. According to the Dietary Guidelines, Americans should be consuming more dairy products. Dairy is an integral part of the healthy eating patterns recommended by the Dietary Guidelines. Many types of dairy are included in the nutritious meals provided through school meal programs.
This is also the perfect time to thank RDNs for their important work in helping Americans choose healthful foods and beverages and in ensuring that there are healthful options available to them. If you supply products to schools for the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, the food service director may be an RDN. Your company’s own R&D or marketing departments may employ one or more RDNs who help develop healthier products and educate consumers about them. Do you interact with your local dairy council? Chances are, it also has an RDN on staff. More and more grocery stores employ retail dietitians who educate consumers about the products sold in their stores.
So use National Nutrition Month to remind consumers about the essential nutrients in dairy products and their important role in a healthy eating pattern. When you see an RDN, thank him or her for doing important work and check out #NationalNutritionMonth and @eatright on Twitter for more information.
You can also follow IDFA’s National Nutrition Month social media posts on Twitter and Facebook.