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History of Nutrition Month

For over 30 years, Nutrition Month has been the most visible public awareness campaign for the profession, reaching millions of Canadians. It began in the late 1970’s as a “Nutrition Week” with a small group of community dietitians. Local dietitians across several provinces then began planning events and activities in their workplaces, shopping malls, libraries and with the media. In 1981, The Canadian Dietetic Association (now Dietitians of Canada) and all the provincial dietetic associations jointly sponsored the first National Nutrition Week. The primary purpose of the Campaign was to increase public awareness about the importance of healthy eating by identifying dietitians as the most credible source of food and nutrition information. By the end of the decade, the campaign was expanded to a month.

Each year, a Nutrition Month theme is selected by Dietitians of Canada based on a scan of the environment and with input from members. Themes have varied from the 1994 campaign “Nourishing our Children’s Future” to “Get the real deal on your meal” in 2012 to “Unlock the potential of food” in 2018.

Find campaign resources at the Nutrition Month 2021 website.  For questions, contact nutritionmonth@dietitians.ca.
Source: https://www.dietitians.ca/Advocacy/Nutrition-Month/The-History-of-Nutrition-Month

About the Nutrition Month theme:

The Nutrition Month 2021 theme, “Good for you! Dietitians help you find your healthy” centres on the idea that healthy eating looks different for everyone. As dietitians, we recognize that each client has their own culture and traditions, preferences and nutritional needs. We are uniquely positioned to consider all of these factors when providing advice and guidance.

Nutrition Month 2021 is an opportunity to share timely examples of how your work takes these factors into consideration, whether you work with clients, communities or the population at large! Read the stories of 10 dietitians and learn more about the theme in the Nutrition Month 2021 Activity and Ideas Guide.

Dietitians day – March 17th, 2021! .

Looking for some inspiration in the kitchen? Check out the Cookspiration website for meal and snack ideas.

Looking for more information on nutrition? Unlockfood.ca is a dietitian approved nutrition information resource! This website has lots of nutrition information on various conditions.

Nutrition Advice for the general public about Covid-19