Eat Right, Affordably

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March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.

When money is tight and time is short, it may seem difficult to maintain a healthy diet. But mealtime doesn't have to be costly, complicated, or unhealthy — eating right can be affordable, convenient and nutritious with a small amount of advanced planning. Simple concepts such as portion control, choosing frozen or canned produce, and safely handling and storing leftovers can stretch any food budget.

Consumers can also support local and sustainable food systems. Shopping at local farmers markets, encouraging and participating in community-supported gardens, and advocating for policies that improve access to healthy foods will help ensure our children are able to eat right continuously through adulthood — passing these same opportunities on to their children.

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