March is National Nutrition Month

March 06, 2018  
Fresh pineapples and strawberries

Led by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month aims to raise awareness about the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits.

Similar to the way a car needs gasoline to drive, the human body uses food as fuel to properly function. That’s why the City of Jacksonville’s Journey to One initiative is encouraging citizens to make healthy food choices by eating meals and snacks that are nutritious, as the city collectively works toward building a healthier First Coast.

  • Vegetables – Vegetables are encouraged at every meal because they provide the vitamins and minerals needed to keep your body healthy. Examples: carrots, spinach, broccoli and cucumbers 
  • Fruit – Fruit also provides important vitamins and minerals that help prevent illness. Examples: bananas, grapes and pineapples 
  • Grain – Grain, especially wholegrain, has fiber and B vitamins that help with digestion. Examples: cereals, rice, bread and pasta
  • Protein – The human body uses protein to build, repair and maintain tissue, muscles and organs. Examples: fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and chicken 
  • Dairy – This food group is an excellent source of calcium, which is important for strong, healthy bones. Examples: milk, yogurt and cheese
For more information about National Nutrition Month visit www.choosemyplate.gov.