Ask the city mayor or state governor to declare March "National Nutrition Month®." Provide a proclamation form to make it easier for the staff.
Promote National Nutrition Month® on outdoor billboards. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Invite the author of a nutrition book to speak at your group's meeting.
Plan a virtual cooking demo or nutrition event. Invite a dietitian, restaurant chef or local culinary school to host a virtual cooking demo from their home, combined with a brief nutrition presentation. Provide attendees with copies of recipes and links to online materials about National Nutrition Month®.
Sponsor a "dial-a-dietitian " night through a local radio station. Callers may ask nutrition questions for RDNs to answer. Even better if a local television station will participate.
Contact the local library and inquire about a virtual story time or nutrition program. Leave activity sheets for children to take, Eat Right nutrition tip sheets for adults and National Nutrition Month® bookmarks for everyone.
Organize a National Nutrition Month® presentation at your local park district or senior center if safe. Otherwise, consider virtual options during the pandemic.
Organize a food donation campaign for a local food pantry or shelter.
As a family, commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable each week during National Nutrition Month®.
Plan to eat more meals together as a family during National Nutrition Month®.
Create a "nutrition question of the day" contest sent by email or posted on a display. Draw the name of a daily prize winner from those who provided the correct answer. Suggested prizes: National Nutrition Month® pens, pencils, magnets, buttons or cooking items from the National Nutrition Month® catalog. Award a grand prize at the end of the month drawn from all correct submissions.
Vote for your favorite fruits and vegetables: Show various photos of fruits and vegetables. Ask participants to vote for their favorite vegetable and fruit. Post a tally board to record votes. Handout "20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables."
Classroom: Ask children to carefully save empty food product labels and boxes. Spend some time reading labels and comparing information in the Nutrition Facts panels. Expand into a menu-planning opportunity, individually or in teams, using MyPlate as the guide to a healthy meal.
Start a school vegetable garden by planting seeds indoors or in the ground. If that's not feasible during the pandemic, consider showing videos on how to plant a garden.
Develop a lesson plan that explains the science behind ingredients needed for baking.
Assign a school group project that involves each group researching one of the food groups, allowing each child to explain a food from that food group and what nutrition it provides.
Organize a sports nutrition education session that children can participate in virtually or while practicing social distancing.
Host a virtual cooking demonstration on social media for shoppers that features an easy and budget-friendly recipe. Partner with the store by highlighting store brand products and conducting the event live on their social media page.
Highlight cultural food traditions. Offer special menu items from international cuisines (Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, etc.) or regional foods of the United States.
Organize a socially-distanced healthy potluck. Have each person cook their dish and eat together through an online video platform. Make sure each of the food groups is represented.
Distribute coupons for discounts on a healthy meal featured in the cafeteria or vouchers for nutritious beverages or snacks.
Decorate the cafeteria with National Nutrition Month® posters or banners, table tents and balloons. Create a "take one" display with National Nutrition Month® brochures, bookmarks, Eat Right Nutrition Tips, and recipe handouts.
Conduct a series exercise classes with your colleagues online. Recruit a local fitness or yoga instructor to lead a class virtually. Give each participant a National Nutrition Month® t-shirt, pedometer or water bottle plus healthy eating handouts.
Host a virtual "lunch and learn" session on healthy eating.
Arrange a session on composting.
Create a "shared tables" resource for your school district (if local laws allow).
Work with a local grocery store to promote National Nutrition Month® with posters and handouts.
Conduct a virtual supermarket tour to provide label reading opportunities and information about healthy food choices. Have one person follow you with a camera while you conduct a tour for people who join online. Offer a special tour for kids focused on selecting healthy snacks. Provide "Smart Snacking Tips for Kids" National Nutrition Month® brochures and copies of selected National Nutrition Month® activity sheets.
Organize a supervised scavenger hunt for food items needed to make a healthy recipe.
Set up a time for a registered dietitian nutritionists to answer questions on nutrition on your social media page.
Ask the local store manager to run National Nutrition Month® audio PSAs in the store during March.