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March is Nutrition Month

NIH is hosting a number of activities in March to promote National Nutrition Month. The theme this year -- "All foods can fit" (selected by the American Dietetic Association) -- reminds us that we can have healthy diets without denying our favorite foods. Variety and moderation are the key factors to a healthy diet, and a healthy diet and adequate physical activity are the key factors to a healthy lifestyle.

The following activities on campus during National Nutrition Month are sponsored by the NIH nutrition coordinating committee, the Worksite Health Promotion Program, and the Clinical Center:

  • A seminar on "How To Make All Foods Fit" will be presented by the Clinical Center dietetic interns on Friday, Mar. 14 in Bldg. 10, Visitor Information Center Little Theater, from noon to 12:45 pm.

  • Two seminars will be hosted by the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, NIDDK. The presenters, dates, and times will be announced when they are confirmed. The proposed topics are "The Prevalence of Obesity in the U.S." and "Folic Acid and Cardiovascular Disease."

  • Colorful banners on the directors' bulletin boards and posters in the NIH cafeterias will announce the nutrition month theme.

  • DeLITEful Entrees (which are lower in calories, fat, and sodium than regular entrees) will continue to be provided in all GSI cafeterias. (DeLITEful Entrees were initiated as a joint venture between the CC dietetic interns and GSI cafeterias during National Nutrition Month last year.)

  • Better Choices Program (to identify snacks lower in calories, fat, and sodium) will continue to be featured in many NIH vending machines.

  • A message about the nutrition month theme will appear on your March DHHS paystubs.

For more information about National Nutrition Month activities at NIH, contact the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, 4-8822; the Worksite Health Promotion Office, 6-1105; or the CC nutrition department, 6-3311.

For copies of the USDA/DHHS 1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and various fact sheets on weight control, contact the NIDDK Weight-control Information Network, phone (800) 946-8098/(301) 570-2177; fax (301) 570-2186; internet:

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) offers a consumer nutrition hot line (800-366-1655) for food and nutrition messages recorded in English or Spanish from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. The ADA internet address for nutrition information is:

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