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DOH-Marion promotes healthy eating for National Nutrition Month

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

March 06, 2018

OCALA,Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County celebrates March as National Nutrition Month. Sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Go further with food.” The campaign highlights the far-reaching benefits of making informed eating choices. Informed eating goes further than choosing the most nutritious options—eating choices can also conserve money and time and reduce food waste.

“Good nutrition is a pillar of good health,” said Department of Health in Marion County Health Officer Mark Lander. “Planning out your meals in advance can help ensure that eating healthy is affordable and accessible, too.”

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests following these tips to go further with food.

  1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all food groups on a regular basis.
  2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days, and plan ways to use leftovers during the week.
  4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages you to do.
  5. Continue to use good food safety practices.
  6. Find activities that you enjoy, and be physically active most days of the week.
  7. Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietician nutritionist (RDN). An RDN can provide sound, easy-to-follow and personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

To learn more about nutrition and National Nutrition Month, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at

The Department of Health in Marion County shares information about healthy eating through several programs. The department’s health education staff provide healthy eating presentations and activities throughout the community and regularly participate in community events to further engage others about healthy lifestyles. Other staff help residents dealing with chronic diseases see how they can re-tool their diets and habits to lead healthy lives.

The department also locally leads Healthiest Weight Florida, a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and communities. The program’s goal is to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. To learn more about how to be active and make nutritious food choices, visit

Florida’s WIC program is also located at the department. A federally funded nutrition program for women, infants and children, WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services at no cost to participants. Find out more at