Nutrition Goes ‘Beyond The Table’

National Nutrition Month recognized in March

VALDOSTA – Nutrition means more than simply what is served on your dinner table. Whether it is your eating routine, practicing food safety or eating with the environment in mind, all of these steps are key to a nutrition plan that goes “Beyond the Table.”

This March, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District joins the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to recognize National Nutrition Month and focus on the theme of “Beyond The Table.”

No matter your budget or background, anyone can make nutritious choices.

“Nutrition should be available to everyone,” said Holly Rountree, Nutrition Services Director with South Health District. “This Nation Nutrition Month we encourage everyone to think beyond just what they serve on their table. We want everyone to make choices that are good for their budget, include a variety of nutritious foods and include locally grown foods.”

During National Nutrition Month, South Health District and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also want to encourage everyone to focus on eating sustainably. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, some ways that people can fuel the future include:

Eat with the environment in mind.

Buying foods in season and shopping locally, when possible, not only benefits the planet, but it also may help you keep food costs down. Supporting farmers by buying locally grown and seasonal foods can help you eat with the environment in mind.

Stay nourished on any budget.

When prices of food and other goods go up, buying healthful foods may not feel like a priority. Yet, many healthful foods are filling, cost less overall and help to manage or reduce your chances of developing certain chronic diseases. A little planning before you shop can go a long way in choosing foods that are affordable, satisfying and have a higher amount of nutrition.

Eat a variety of foods from all food groups.

Fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy all play a role in fueling our bodies. Choosing a variety of healthful foods is important, since foods can differ in the nutrients they provide. Follow MyPlate’s Daily Recommendations for each food group to get the nutrients you need at each life stage. Eat foods in various forms including fresh, frozen, canned and dried.

See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Good nutrition can positively influence our health, and there are many ways to eat healthfully. Plus, no single food or food group provides all the nutrients we need for good health. It’s important to learn what choices work best for you so that a healthy eating routine becomes a way of life. Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN and find an RDN who specializes in your unique needs.

            This National Nutrition Month, public health encourages everyone to take steps to fuel the future. For tips on fueling your future, healthy meal ideas, and more, visit