Challenge Idea: National Nutrition Month®

This month, challenge your department members to focus on an all-around healthy diet during National Nutrition Month®. Held each March, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's National Nutrition Month theme – Eat Right With Color – encourages consumers to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy on their plates every day.

Challenge Rules:

  1. Make a plan for National Nutrition Month. Think about which areas you need to improve on. Should you focus on cutting out sugars? Do you need to stay away from fried food? Record your goals on the National Nutrition Month goal sheet. Make sure to include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables each day in addition to your other goals.
  2. Record what you eat each day.
  3. At the end of the Month, look back at your progress. You’ve completed the challenge if you have 5 out of 7 days each week with an overall healthy diet (including at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies and avoiding your problem foods).

To motive your department members, try sending out weekly emails with new recipes, motivational messages and quotes, and food substation ideas. Display posters and other information from the National Nutrition Month web site. Put up a bulletin board with reminders and tips in the station. Find more nutrition resources and activity ideas on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site.

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