Westchester County Celebrates March as
National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month®, and the theme for this year is “Fuel for the Future.” National Nutrition Month® is an annual education campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about all food choices, and to develop sound eating and physical activity habits. 


This year’s theme, “Fuel for the Future,” encourages us to keep sustainability in mind when making healthy food choices throughout all stages of life. Sustainable nutrition fuels our bodies while protecting the environment.  Some examples of sustainable nutrition are: choosing foods that are more plant based, have minimal packaging, shopping locally, buying foods in season and growing your own garden.  The Academy reminds us that we can chose healthful foods that we enjoy, celebrate our culture and are budget friendly all with a little planning ahead.


Celebrated on the second Wednesday of March, during National Nutrition Month, is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.  The Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) at Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of older adults.  They are tasked with the monitoring and safe operation of local senior nutrition programs, ensuring compliance of all state and federal regulations.  They are responsible for menu development, and making sure the meals meet the 1/3 daily nutrient intake for the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI).  They develop nutrition education presentations in various settings and provide individualized nutrition counselling to high risk older adults.


This year, DSPS RDN’s will present National Nutrition Month presentations at local senior centers and nutrition sites. On March 27, a presentation will take place at the Town of Pelham Recreation Department, 20 Fifth Avenue, Pelham. No lunch will be served at this location and it is only open to Pelham residents. For any questions or more information, call (914) 813-6432.