The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has proclaimed March national nutrition month. The campaign is an attempt to focus attention on the importance of good nutrition and physical activity in our daily lives. It’s a time for us all to evaluate our eating habits and decide where we could make better food choices for our heath, not just in March, but in the days and months to come. The theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The academy is also urging the public to talk openly about issues of healthy eating and to blog about the challenges we may encounter.
Here, we’ve talked about the issue of nutrition as it relates to addiction. Research has shown that healthy eating is a vital part of addiction recovery and aids in maintaining sobriety over the course of a lifetime. Beyond that, nutrition and moderate daily exercise help fight a bevy of ailments including cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. Recent studies have even shown a strong link between good nutrition and a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. This may all be fairly common knowledge for most of us, but I’m willing to bet that none-the-less most of us struggle to make the right food choices on a regular basis. So join in the fight. Talk to your friends and families about nutrition. Share healthy recipes, or invite a neighbor to join you in a brisk walk. Let’s all join in spreading the word about national nutrition month!