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National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, which is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign started in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, further expanding to a month-long celebration due to the positive interest from the community. The theme for National Nutrition Month 2024 is “Beyond the Table”.

The overall initiative of National Nutrition Month is to educate ourselves and others on the importance of making informed food choices, developing new habits, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “Beyond the Table” also encourages us to think about the process of getting our foods from farm to table. This includes how our food is grown/raised, where it comes from, the processing involved, etc. Not only do our food choices affect our health, but they can affect the health of our environment as well.

Making informed choices

Learn what’s involved in growing your foods! One way to learn how your food is produced is to visit a farmer’s market or local farm stand. Some farms may offer “Pick Your Own” seasonal produce, which allows you to become a part of the farm to table process. You can also try growing your own fruits and vegetables at home; no space for a garden patch? No problem – many herbs do well growing indoors or in pots/planters and some vegetables can be grown in buckets with moderate sunlight.

Reducing food waste is equally as important as making informed food selections. You can decrease food waste by buying the quantities you need for recipes, planning meals with leftovers, and freezing food you may not finish in time. Not only does this help the environment, but this can save you money! Food scraps that are inedible can also be composted to reduce waste in the landfill.

Want to support local farms but don’t know where to start? Check out: https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/publications-forms/documents/csa-directory.pdf

For a list of CSA farms in New Hampshire, CSA farms, or “community supported agriculture”, are a great way to bring the food system closer to home. A CSA share allows you to have local produce, meats, fish, eggs, etc. while also supporting the farmers and the environment. We think that is a win for everyone!

To learn more about National Nutrition Month, visit: https://www.eatright.org/about-national-nutrition-month