March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The 2017 theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which seeks to remind people that every bite counts.
Here are some tips to help you get started as you plan your efforts for the month:
- Help demonstrate the importance of making informed food choices and developing good eating and physical activity habits. Your agency can advance these ideas in the home care community by teaching this population about healthy diets. TAG Partners offers a ready-made class on this topic that a non-clinician can present. Call 866-232-6477 for individual component pricing.
- Volunteer to also teach this class at a local office of the American Heart Association with an emphasis on the specific dietary needs of senior citizens.
- March 8, 2017 is Registered Dietitian Day. Highlight the contributions of registered dietitians in your employee or community newsletter.
- Contact your local parks and recreation department and offer provide healthy meal workshops and demonstrations once a quarter. The department can choose the venue and you will supply the class content and ingredients.
- Download a booklet with information for older adults on eating well and eating healthfully at the eat well at the website of the National Institute on Aging. Distribute it to clients as part of their regular home care visits this week. Additional free nutrition-focused publications are available here.
- Contact your local Meals on Wheels representative and ask how your agency can help with a contribution of either time or money. According to the organization, 8.3 million seniors face the threat of hunger every day. Encourage employees to participate by helping with its efforts to reduce senior isolation and hunger.
- Organize a food drive within your area independent living centers. Create a display featuring the www.ChooseMyPlate.gov nutrition guidelines and couple it with brown bags decorated with the My Plate image. Encourage residents and families to take a bag and return it filled with food for a local food bank.