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Nutrition Month Observed at NIH

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme (developed by the American Dietetic Association) is "Food & Fitness: Health for a Lifetime." This theme reminds us that to stay healthy, we need a balanced diet, adequate physical activity and sufficient sleep and rest. We need to eat adequate amounts of foods from the grain, vegetable, fruit, dairy and meat/alternate food groups and balance the food we eat with physical activity. The NIH Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, the Clinical Center nutrition department, and the Office of Dietary Supplements have planned the following Nutrition Month lectures and activities for all employees and friends during National Nutrition Month. All events on the NIH campus are free.

On Thursday and Friday, Mar. 2-3, there will be an international conference on the "Efficacy and Safety of Medicinal Herbs" at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. This conference is sponsored in part by NIEHS and the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements.

On Friday, Mar. 3, and Friday, Mar. 31, the dietetic interns of the Clinical Center will present "Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Enhance Your Lifelines Through Food and Fitness!" The presentation on Mar. 3 will be in the Little Theater of Bldg. 10 from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and the presentation on Mar. 31 will be in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6 from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Mar. 8, and Wednesday, Mar. 15, there will be showings of the nutrition video, "It's All About You" at the Little Theater, Bldg. 10 at noon. A question and answer period with NIH nutritionists/dietitians will follow showings of the video.

On Thursday, Mar. 9, there will be a lecture presented by Dr. Marion Chan of Temple University School of Medicine on "Nitric Oxide Inhibitor and Leishmania Pathogenesis." It will be held in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m.

On Monday, Mar. 20, there will be a "Workshop on Essential Fats in Foods." Sponsored by several nutrition organizations and by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the workshop will be held in Natcher Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. There will be coffee from 8 to 9 a.m. Registration is free, but you must preregister at

In addition to the activities listed above, you will see nutrition messages on your DHHS Earnings and Leave Statements for February and March 2000. You will also receive a desk-to-desk flyer that provides nutrition messages developed by the Dietary Guidelines Alliance and some information to help you visualize food portion sizes. For updated information about Nutrition Month activities at NIH, visit the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination web site at

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