March is National Nutrition Month
This year MyPlate’s theme for National Nutrition Month®, “Find the Recipe to a Healthier You,” is an ode to healthy eating at every age: It’s never too early, or too late to eat healthfully. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite and small changes matter.
Nutrient Needs May Change with Age
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Making healthy food choices and staying active will support your baby’s growth. This will also help you stay healthy during your pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Infants: Start your infant off on the path of lifelong healthy nutrition. The first year of a child's life is very important time for proper growth and development. Since infants eat and drink such small amounts at this stage, it’s important to make every bite count!
Toddlers: Give your toddler healthy choices as they explore new foods and flavors. Toddlers are learning to feed themselves and to eat new foods during this important time of growth and development. Young children have small stomachs and are learning what foods they like and dislike. So, make every bite count!
Preschoolers: Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and grow up healthy! Young children look to you as they learn, develop and grow healthy eating habits. Make every bite count.
Kids: Get kids started on a healthy eating adventure with these games and activities! Teach them about MyPlate and the 5 food groups to set them on a path towards a healthy future.
Teens: Make healthy choices as you grow. During the teenage years, you’re beginning to make your own decisions – and that’s pretty awesome! One of the ways you can make smart choices is in the foods you eat. We get it, life is busy between school and friends, but starting with small changes now will not only help keep your mind and body growing healthy, but it will also help set you up for success later on.
Young Adults: Going away to college or moving out on your own? This exciting life change brings responsibilities and freedom to make your own choices. It’s also a key time to build healthy habits. Let MyPlate help you along the way with these tips, tools, and resources.
Adults: Adults of all ages have different nutrition and physical activity needs as their lives and bodies change. As you age, keeping healthy habits may help you lower your chance of getting certain diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure (hypertension). Make healthy eating a priority and stay active.
Older Adults: Eating healthy has benefits that can help people ages 60 and up. As we age, healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help to improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of well-being.
Families: Help your family make healthy choices together. As the decision maker in your household, you play an important role in guiding your family to build healthy habits. Use these tips, resources and tools to help you along the way.