March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Our events for National Nutrition Month aim to promote healthy lifestyle habits for county residents through nutrition education.

According to Prince George’s County Health Department, “The prevalence of obesity has been increasing among adults and children in Maryland.” Poor eating habits and physical activity contribute to overweight and obesity as well as many chronic diseases, including heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and arthritis. 

The National Nutrition Month® 2021 theme is Personalize Your Plate, supporting the philosophy that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. Eating from all food groups, hydrating healthfully, and learning how to read Nutrition Facts Panels are things you can do to help you Personalize Your Plate. For more information, visit eatright.org

Throughout March come and enjoy FREE virtual, fun, interactive, and educational sessions with a certified nutritionist. Explore ways to make healthier choices for the entire family. Registration is required.

Lower Your Numbers with Food
Tuesday, March 9, 6-7 pm
Discover practical tips for making healthier food and lifestyle choices to help lower your numbers. Learn how to navigate food choices, read labels, and plan meals when faced with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and high BMI. Ages 18 & up
Register Here using code: YCSD-SPEC-GA-20210309

Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies
Thursday, March 11, 12 noon-12:30 pm
Explore the benefits of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Learn about the importance of having a balanced, vibrant, and colorful plate. Ages 5 & up
Register Here using code: YCSD-SPEC-GA-20210311

Natural Beauty, Inside and Out
Tuesday, March 16, 6-7 pm
Nature provides a bounty of wonderful foods that promote the growth of beautiful hair, skin, and nails, as well as strong bones. Learn how natural foods support your digestive health, promote a healthy immune system, and fight inflammation. Ages 18 & up
Register Here using code: YCSD-SPEC-GA-20210316

Food & Hormones
Tuesday, March 23, 6-7 pm
Experiencing hot flashes, unexplained weight gain, and fatigue? Fill your plate with foods to help you feel more energized! From fresh produce to herbal teas, this session will explore foods that can help you achieve balance. Ages 18 & up
Register Here using code: YCSD-SPEC-GA-20210323

Rethink Your Drink
Thursday, March 25, 12 noon-12:30 pm
What you drink matters more than you think! This session explores the impact that your beverage of choice can have on your health. Learn practical tips for staying hydrated and discover ways to create flavorful beverages with less sugar that are fun to drink. Ages 5 & up
Register Here using code: YCSD-SPEC-GA-20210325

Nourish Your Mind, Body, and Spirit 
Tuesday, March 30, 6-7 pm
Food provides nourishment for the body and enjoyment for the mind and spirit. How can you achieve balance in your relationship with food? Learn how to add mindful eating, meditation, and calming foods into your lifestyle. Ages 18 & up
Register Here using code: YCSD-SPEC-GA-20210330

Additional Information

For current Health and Wellness offerings and upcoming events, view our calendar! For more information, please contact us at  wellness@pgparks.com.

ADA Accommodations

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. TTY (Text Telephone) for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability 301-699-2544.