Columbia, MO (AgNewsWire) March is National Nutrition Month and the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) is encouraging consumers to kick the fads and get back to the basics. MBIC Director of Consumer Information Alane Lidolph says the theme for National Nutrition Month this year is “100 Percent Fad-Free.”
“National Nutrition Month is sponsored every March by the American Dietetic Association and it’s a nutrition education and information campaign really designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food decisions and developing healthy and sound eating and physical activity habits.”
Lidolph says the theme this year highlights the latest government dietary guidelines outlined in USDA’s MyPyramid program.
“The beef industry has been supportive of the dietary guidelines and My Pyramid from the beginning. We distribute lots of MyPyramid materials and talk about how beef fits within that framework and those guidelines.”
Encouraging young people to eat healthy is an important aspect of National Nutrition Month and Lidolph says the beef industry has helped develop some new materials to get nutrition information out to school children.
“The Beef Council collaborated with the Central Missouri Dietetic Association to put together some fun nutrition activity packets for elementary students,” said Lidolph. “The packets were sent to schools in Columbia, Jefferson City and Ashland and contain reproducible worksheets that teachers can use in their classrooms that talk about MyPyramid.”