Healthy eating also means adopting healthy habits around eating, say dietitians

2020 Nutrition Month campaign, More than Food, focuses on concepts such as enjoying food with others and meal preparation

While eating healthy is important for Canadians, it’s also important that people adopt healthy habits that surround eating. That’s the key message behind this year’s Nutrition Month, which is acknowledged across Canada throughout March.

This year’s Nutrition Month campaign, which is organized by Dietitians of Canada, is called More than Food. The campaign is promoting concepts such as enjoying food, involving others in the planning and preparation of meals, and eating meals together.

“As dietitians, we know food is an important part of healthy eating, but it’s only the beginning. Personally, I see first-hand that many Canadians struggle with ‘how’ to eat in our fast-paced world,” says Amy Yiu, a dietitian and Nutrition Month spokesperson, in a statement on the Dietitians of Canada website.

“When I meet with clients, we talk about more than food and health; we talk about things like why their culture and food traditions matter, how cooking at home can help them reduce food waste and how to notice when they are hungry and full.”

Underscoring the important role food plays in our health and well-being, Dietitians of Canada notes the 2018 Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey reported that nearly six in every 10 Canadians “are managing at least one chronic disease through food and diet.”

Long-term care homes, organizations and individuals can learn more about this year’s campaign by visiting its website.

You can watch for the hashtags #NutritionMonth and #MoreThanFood on social media to learn the latest news on this year’s campaign.

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