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Nourishing Our Journey: Exploring National Nutrition Month with Emily

By: Erica F. Perusse, BS Nutrition and Dietetics

Did you know that National Nutrition Month® has been a thing since 1973? That's right, this annual celebration of all things nutritious has been going strong for nearly half a century, and there is a different theme every year. This year's theme is serving up some serious food for thought.

Introducing "Beyond the Table" — a theme that looks at more than just what you eat. It covers everything from how food is grown and shipped to the choices you make at the store or market. But it's not just about meals. It includes eating on the run, at school, in restaurants, or even during activities. It's about embracing all the ways we eat and finding ways to make it good for our bodies and the Earth.

NWE tips for eating on the run:

  • Make a plan to have simple snacks available all day. You can keep them in a bag, purse, or even in an insulated bag.

  • Bring your favorite large travel cup or water bottle to stay hydrated all day.

  • Learn common food terms to help you understand a fast-food or restaurant menu better, like baked, fried, and sauteed.

  • Enjoy the foods you love! Remember, one meal won't undo all your progress.

This year's National Nutrition Month theme emphasizes the importance of reducing food waste and making thoughtful decisions about our meals. Each choice we make has an impact, and National Nutrition Month plays a crucial role in raising awareness, dispelling myths, and empowering us to make informed choices. It's like having a powerful toolkit for healthier living at our fingertips.

Fun Facts

Cooking healthy meals doesn't have to break the bank!

Many nutritious ingredients are budget-friendly. For example, dried beans and lentils are not only inexpensive but also packed with protein and fiber. Buying seasonal produce and shopping at local markets can also help you save money while still enjoying nutritious meals.

Working with a dietitian isn't just about counting calories or strict diets.

It's about forming a supportive partnership focused on your needs and goals. At NWE, our dietitians are your personal nutrition coaches who aim to empower you to make choices while still enjoying your favorite things. We're here to celebrate your successes and help you through any challenges along the way.

And let's not forget the power of working with a dietitian to reach your goals. Whether you're looking to lose weight, manage a health condition, or simply feel your best, a dietitian can provide personalized guidance and support every step of the way.

Are you curious to learn more about National Nutrition Month?

Dive in at for handouts, guides, games, delicious recipes, and much more! Explore the resources available to help you celebrate and embrace a healthier lifestyle. Feel free to reach out to your Nourished with Emily team by emailing us at or clicking the "chat" icon in the corner!

So whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your journey to better health, National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to look at your habits, try something new, and nourish your body from the inside out.

Here's to embracing every bite, savoring every moment, and nourishing our journey together!


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