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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for March 2020


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Apricots, Bananas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Green Beans, Honeydew Melon, Lettuce, Mangos, Mushrooms, Onions and Leeks, Peas, Pineapple, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries

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International School Meals Day

National Frozen Food Day


Chinese Valentine's Day

Cereal Day


Registered Dietitian Day

Pancake Day

National What's On Your Plate Day

International Women's Day




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Great American Meat Out




American Diabetes Alert

Water Day




World Tuberculosis Day


Pecan Day

Diabetes Alert Day


Spinach Day




Something on a Stick Day




Take A Walk In The Park Day

National Doctor Day




10 Free Nutrition Handouts

New handout delivery system for free nutrition handouts will serve more target audiences

Kale Risotto

Here is an easy recipe for Kale Risotto. Risotto is a creamy rice dish, made from short-grained arborio rice, that ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Staying Healthy on St. Patrick’s Day

Encourage your clients to incorporate seasonal, naturally-green foods like asparagus, kale, spinach, leeks,  and fennel, into their festivities this year...

March 2022

The recipes in this issue were designed for easy cooking demos. The salad can be prepped and assembled by the participants (wash hands first of course). And the sheet pan dinner can be baked ahead of time for tasting but assembled in front of the audience. Both dinners are designed to be "vegetable-heavy", easy to make, and loved by all.

How to Make an Engaging Nutrition Poster

Let this poster inspire you to make your own educational displays. You can use the same basic principle to craft any fun, engaging nutrition poster you'd like. Simply find great photos or drawings of healthful foods (magazine ads are great for this) and form the foods into letters that spell out a key word for your nutrition presentation.

2022 Predictions and 11 Trends for Food and Nutrition Education

As we welcome 2022 and a new year, it is often fun to contemplate where we have been and where ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Teaching a Cooking Class: Tips and Tricks

I have been teaching a string of cooking classes recently, and boy have I ever learned a lot! Here are the tried-and-true secrets that take a presentation from good to great...

How to Write the Best Nutrition Newsletter

Even in the age of digital media, newsletters are here to stay. But are your newsletters a cut above the rest? Don't miss these valuable tips that will take your newsletters from good to great!

5 Fast and Easy Cooking Demonstration Ideas

Putting together an engaging and informative cooking demonstration is much harder than it looks. Don't worry, though, because our chefs and presenters have tons of wonderful cooking demonstrations under their belts. They've gotten all that work down to a science. In fact, Judy Doherty, PC II and founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc is going to share some of her top cooking demonstration guides here today -- everything from planning to execution.

Nutrition PowerPoint Pro Tips

At Food and Health Inc, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our posters, handouts, games, books, and presentations. In almost 20 years of business, we've learned a lot about what works and what doesn't, and now we'd like to share some of that knowledge with you.

National Nutrition Month: Are You Ready?

National Nutrition Month is just around the corner -- are you ready for it?

Free Nutrition Poster

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MyPlate Exploration: Beans and Peas

The exploration of MyPlate vegetable subgroups continues with beans and peas! Get all the details about their nutrient profiles and impact n health, along with great free recipes that feature beans and peas...

Nutrition Month Quiz: Focus on Food

Today I want to share a new handout that I made just for you -- it's a Nutrition Month quiz...

5 Mistakes of Label Reading

The 5 Mistakes of Label Reading sum up the 5 most common mistakes made when shopping for packaged foods in the grocery store. How many times do people ignore Nutrition Facts Labels, choose packages and bottles that look like one serving but are really more, buy items that contain way too much sodium, or imagine they can munch all day on lowfat or sugar free items?

15 Things You Can Do with a Box of Clementines

Did you know that clementines are a variety of mandarin orange? They're rather tiny, quite easy to peel, and even the segments come apart smoothly. When these tasty winter fruits are in season, they are a great deal when purchased by the box. You can usually get around 25-30 of these little fruits for anywhere between $3.99 to $7.99 per box. That's about .25 cents each, which is less than the price of a candy bar! One clementine has just 35 calories and it contains 60% of your daily supply of vitamin C. It is every bit as filling as a handful of chips, which ring in at 140 calories, or candy bars, which generally have 200-300 calories!

MyPlate Exploration: Red and Orange Vegetables

Remember the Flavor Exploration series from 2014? In that collection, we took an in-depth look at amazing flavor powerhouses, examining their nutrient content, impact on health, history, and culinary uses. Now it's time to do the same thing with MyPlate's subgroups, starting with vegetables.

National Nutrition Month is Coming Right Up!

March is National Nutrition Month! That's only a few short weeks away -- are you ready to help your clients make the most of it?

March 2021

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Get Ready for Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month -- do you have everything you need to teach engaging and timely nutrition lessons?

Best of 2020

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Radishes Rejoice!

Wanna add a bite to your salads? Use radishes. Spring brings in many different types of radishes from local markets. ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Mushroom Magic

Mushrooms have made their way into my kitchen. The common field mushrooms, purchased in the grocery store, often get put ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

March 2020

It’s time to take another look at the healthful eating patterns that can help your clients achieve their goals. This month, I’ve got a whole new collection of tools to help everyone put your advice to work.

Making Family Mealtime Successful

We recently interviewed busy parents who are successful at making family mealtime work in their house. We thought they were ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Batch Cooking: Lentils

Lentils are one of my favorite pulses. They cook fast without soaking and are versatile for so many culinary creations ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Ideas for Plant Based Meals

We posted a plant-based shopping list last week and had an overwhelming response to it via visits and downloads. Now ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Best Plant-Based Shopping List Handout

Here is a shopping list that features many delicious ingredients for plant-based meals. Fruit- Choose a variety of fruits in ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Rainbow Fruit and Vegetable Activity Ideas

We've all heard about the importance of eating from the rainbow to get a variety of foods and nutrients. In fact, we've probably already taught this concept to our clients. But now it's time for a refresher -- a new way to make eating from the rainbow both fun and possible...

It’s Nutrition Month: Make a Healthful Plate

Nutrition Month is finally here! We have been waiting to celebrate for a long time now, but we've also been wondering about where to begin. After we put our heads together, we decided we'd like to start with making a healthful and balanced plate. This lesson can help revitalize meal habits and is a great way to begin a push toward a healthful lifestyle.

Free Handout: Nutrition for Kids

Nutrition Month can be fun for the whole family! Don't leave kids out of the loop -- these lessons are important for them too. To help with that idea, and to finish off our week of bonus Nutrition Month posts, today we bring you a wonderful handout that offers a perfect way to introduce important information about nutrition.

Nutrition Month Meal Ideas

The Nutrition Month fun continues in today's post, which is all about fast and lean meal ideas...

Handout for Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is just around the corner! Do you have everything you need to help your clients savor the flavor of eating right?

Dietitian’s Cleanse

People appear to be drawn to cleanses, no matter how bad the health consequences of cleansing are. If that's what they want, there's a way to give it to them without endangering their health. Offer a balanced alternative to the cleansing crowd with this free handout, The Dietitian's Cleanse. Developed by Lenore Shamah, MS, RD, this "cleanse" is healthful, balanced, and won't endanger people's hearts.

March 2019

It's time to get ready for Nutrition Month!

Best Portion Control Tips for Nutrition Month

My team and I have spent years working on various portion control tips and tricks for your audience, and, as Nutrition Month comes to a close, I'd like to share a roundup of the best of them...

2019 Food and Nutrition Hot Topics and New Theme Finder

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Chop Test: An Easier Way to Cook Vegetables

Have you ever wondered if you're cooking vegetables well? I've devised a simple approach that makes determining cooking time and methods a snap! Check out this post for the secret, and don't miss the free infographic!

Kitchen Hack: Roast Chicken, Lentil Soup

Here are 2 wonderful winter meals. One is an elegant dinner for the first night and then a hearty soup ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

“Seasonal” Themed Salad Winter’s Best

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Add A Fancy Title To Your Meals

Here is a reason to add a little creativity to your description of fruit and vegetable dishes. Studies show, when ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Kitchen Hack: Making Cooking at Home Easier

As I mentioned last week, one of the central themes of National Nutrition Month 2017 is to "Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients." Today I want to share a way to make cooking at home easier and more fun...

3 Tips for Experimenting with Healthful Ingredients

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, one of the keys to National Nutrition Month this year is to "Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients." Let's talk more about that, shall we?

Practice Competencies for Nutrition Practitioners to Maintain Credentials

Beginning June 1, 2016, for recertifying credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners completing the 2016-2021 recertification cycle, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) transitioned into an updated credentialing system based on practice competencies...

Handout of the Week: Beans Instead of Beef

As I was putting together the member-exclusive February newsletter, I stumbled upon this handout that I thought might be useful for you...

March 2017

March is National Nutrition Month and we couldn’t be more excited...

The Science of Flavor

You guys, today is a special day! Today I want to share a sneak peek into the exclusive Science of Flavor Course by Chef Robert N. Corey, MBA, AOS, CEC, EWS...

Audience Motivation and Prizes

One way that I like to use positive reinforcement is through prizes that often communicate key lessons as well. This practice adds an extra layer to my presentations, allowing me to address a key subject from yet another angle...

March 2016

March is Nutrition Month! Get great resources to help your audience savor the flavor of eating right! This edition of the Communicating Food for Health newsletter has lots of handouts about snacking, added sugars, healthy eating patterns, and the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans...

Welcome Spring with Bright, Fresh Flavors

This dish can be a fast weeknight meal or a festive addition to a dinner party.

Nutrition Month Display Ideas

Want to engage your audience when it comes to vital health and nutrition topics? A Nutrition Month display could be the perfect answer. Will you make one this year? If you do, check out this list of things I’ve learned from setting up tons of displays…

Cheese 101

It all started as a reader request...

Free Cooking Substitution Infographic

Making simple changes in the kitchen can have big results. Making that lesson clear and memorable for your clients, on the other hand can be a bit tricky.

That's why my team and I have made a brand-new infographic that highlights ways to make healthful substitutions in order to save calories in the kitchen.

4 Tips for Healthful Cooking

I've got 4 tried-and-true tips for healthful cooking, and I want to share them with you today! These tips all come from dietitians and scientific studies, and each tip has been rigorously tested by my team and me. Ready to see them for yourself?

3 Healthful Recipes to Eat on the Go

Yesterday I realized that one of my most ingrained healthful habits for busy days has not yet been shared with you. I'm talking about creating balanced and portable meals to eat on the go.

A Pro’s Guide to Cooking with Greens

What do you know about cooking with greens? Today I want to take an in-depth look at 5 great greens -- what their nutrients are, what they taste like, and how to cook with them. There's even a free infographic!

3 Ways to Improve Portion Control

By now, I bet your clients have already learned the basics of portion control. I've offered tons of handouts about ways to get started and manage portions effectively, and I've gotten to hear about lots of amazing portion control activities from you, you wonderful readers. But is that all there is to the portion control story? I say no, and that's why I'm presenting 3 new ways to improve portion control.

Take Control of Your Portions

Portion control is just plain hard, and restaurant servings do not help. Today, because I love you, I am offering a free handout full of great ways to reduce oversized portions and manage a healthful diet. Check it out!

Cooking Skill Workshops

What would you do if you could enlist the help of a professional chef who is also an expert in healthful cooking?

Well, today is your lucky day. You really can get the help of a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and who has spent over 20 years developing amazing techniques and new innovative ideas to improve cooking skills and freshen up old ideas.


What a Difference a Plate Makes

MyPlate's birthday is tomorrow. How will you celebrate? Today we're going to look at some fun features of MyPlate...

Hot Recipe: Cuban Beans and Rice

Today's recipe will help you add more fiber to your diet, while upping the flavor of a truly amazing dish.

Flavor Exploration: Spices

Today is the day. The last post in the 10-part flavor series is finally here! We've had such fun reviewing and exploring healthful ways to boost flavor so that your clients can Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right. So what's the grand finale? Well, it's one of the most healthful ways to give food a very serious kick of flavor… with spices!

Eat from the Rainbow

As Nutrition Month comes to a close, we offer one last way to reach this month's theme: "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Today's post is all about getting the nutrients and fiber you need by eating from the rainbow...

Flavor Exploration: Lemons

You didn't think we'd leave you without another flavor post, did you? This week is all about lemon -- how to use it, when to use it, and why to use it.

Flavor Exploration: Avocado

It's that special time of the week -- the time when we unveil the next installment in our 10-part series on ways to explore healthful flavors! This week we're going to focus on avocados and, as always, this discussion will include a look at the health benefits of avocados, how to use them in meals, and recipes that feature their deliciousness. Plus, there's a free handout with one of our very favorite recipes.

March Menu

Looking for healthful menu ideas this March? Look no further! This tasty, inexpensive, and creative menu will breathe new life into your meals.

Flavor Exploration: Greens

The 10-part flavor exploration continues! Today's post features greens -- what they are, when to use them, how they add flavor, and why they're good for your health. There's even a free recipe handout to help your clients explore the rich flavor of greens right away!

Flavor Exploration: Apples

Today's installment in the 10-part series about helping your clients celebrate Nutrition Month by Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right continues with a bright, inexpensive, and delicious fruit: apples.

Free Handout: Set Your Goals for March

Remember back in February, when we offered a free handout to help your clients set and achieve their goals for the month? Well, the perks are back! Here's a new handout that picks up where the other one left off. Help your clients evaluate their progress, regroup,and set new goals for March, all with this one simple handout...

4 Likes and 2 Dislikes on New Food Label from RDN

The FDA has proposed an update for the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. This update would reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease. The proposed label would also replace out-of-date serving sizes with options that reflect how much food people actually eat. It would even feature a fresh design that highlights key parts of the label (like calories and serving sizes). We asked our dietitian editor, Lynn Greiger, RDN, CDE, to give us her opinion about the proposed changes and how they will affect nutrition educators and consumers. Here are her 4 likes and 2 dislikes for the proposed label.

Flavor Exploration: Garlic

Today we continue the great flavor exploration with one of the most famous flavor-boosters around: garlic.

Flavor Exploration: Chocolate

The flavor exploration continues with… chocolate! In the next installment of our 10-part series about helping your clients Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right, we turn our attention to thoughts of chocolate. Check out its history, use as a flavor booster, health benefits, and its role in top recipes...

Flavor Exploration: Vanilla

The 10-part series on ways to Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right continues! Last week, we talked about the health and flavor boosts that berries can give to a meal. This week, we're going to do the same with vanilla.

Flavor Exploration: Berry

How will you help your clients enjoy the taste of eating right this March? If you're not sure where to start, or if you would like to round out your program with some fun recipes and activities, then check out this amazing new series, focused on flavorful foods. This post features berries, exploring their health benefits and flavor-boosting properties. Check it out!

As Seen on TV — Crazy Diet Trends

In today's post, Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE, debunks fad diet claims. So get ready Sensa, Master Cleanse, Wheat Belly, and Magic Weight Loss Tea -- we're bringing science to the table!

Beginning Bootcamp: A Nutrient Guide

It's Nutrition Month! This week we want to put you through some bootcamp. No, we're not talking about the grueling exercise class, nor the military program. Instead, we've put together a comprehensive Nutrition Bootcamp that offers basic training for all your nutrient needs!

8 Restaurant Danger Zones

Nutrition Month is winding down, but we're still going strong! Today we bring you a list of 8 danger zones that can throw off a healthful eating plan when dining out. But don't worry, we don't stop there. We also offer creative and simple solutions that will help you steer clear of each danger zone.

Portion Control: What You Need to Know

We love Nutrition Month almost as much as we love our readers. That's why we put together this guide to portion sizes. Feel free to print it out and distribute it to your clients.

Scientific Guide to Snacking

Our Nutrition Month celebration continues with a scientific guide to snacking. The guide was crafted by James J. Kenney, PhD, FACN. Though originally written solely for our member library, part of this article is now available here -- just for you.

10 Tips for Lighter Cooking

This week, we continue our celebration of Nutrition Month with a very special guide to cooking light. Now, up until today, this guide was only available to members of our Nutrition Education Library, but today we decided to unlock it just for you...

Aisle by Aisle Shopping Guide

Nutrition Month is just around the corner -- do you have the resources you need?

We're super excited to celebrate one of our favorite health holidays, and so we thought we'd give you a head start and some free materials. You know, to celebrate. Since having a well-stocked kitchen is key to a healthful lifestyle, we begin with a guide to balanced shopping. This guide is an excerpt from one of the more popular handouts in our Nutrition Education Store...

New Member Library

We are so happy to announce a whole new Communicating Food for Health online member library. It is now waaaaaay easier to navigate and is full of useful content. Check it out!

MyPlate Fun

  Food and Health is proud to be a National Strategic Partner with MyPlate! We have created tons of helpful ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Three Steps for Deciphering a Nutrition Facts Label

The Nutrition Facts label is full of vital information for evaluating a product, but do you know how to interpret all the details? Find out with our simple, 3-step system for reading a Nutrition Facts label.

Bottles Bars and Bags Need Label Reading

Here are the three Bs of Label Reading that will teach you what you really need to know about shopping, reading food labels and getting a grip on the calories you bring into your house.

How to make a tropical fruit platter

We know it is not so warm everywhere as here so we thought we would share some tropic love and particularly to get ready for Nutrition Month - back to basics - why not develop a love of fruit and learn about new ones!?

Get the Nutrition Right Game

Do you know how much sugar is in soda, breakfast pastries, fruit yogurt, sports beverages and chocolate bars? You might be surprised when you see actual photographs of serving sizes and the amounts of added sugar, fat and sodium they contain. There is good news in our game though - salads, vegetables, fruits and vinegars are all better choices!

5 minutes to the best breakfast

Such simple ingredients and so little time needed to jumpstart your day! This oatmeal with grapefruit breakfast is high in ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications