National Nutrition Month

Natioanl Nutrition Month 2017

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

2017 NNM Theme

"Put Your Best Fork Forward" is the theme for NNM 2017 which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into the future. As nutrition experts, Academy members can help guide the public on gradually shifting toward healthier eating styles by promoting NNM activities and messages during March.

Be sure to visit the Academy's National Nutrition Month® website during the upcoming months for new and updated resources to help make the NNM 2017 celebration an infinite success!


Initiated in March 1973 as a week-long event, "National Nutrition Week" became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. Read more in the article, "National Nutrition Month: A Brief History."

NNM Sponsor

The Academy's mission is to promote optimal nutrition and well being for all people by advocating for its members. With more than 75,000 members, the Academy is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The majority of the Academy's members are registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered.

Service Mark

National Nutrition Month® is the property of the Academy. Its use is encouraged, but only in accordance with the Academy's published guidelines. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

Themes of the New Millennium

With the first "National Nutrition Week" in 1973, it was embraced by members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a way to deliver nutrition education messages to the public while promoting the profession of dietetics. In 1980, the week-long celebration expanded to become National Nutrition Month®. Over the years, the theme has reflected trends and culture of the time, but has always remained true to its original purpose: "To increase the public's awareness of the importance of good nutrition and position Academy members as the authorities in nutrition."


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For More Information

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