March is National Nutrition Month--the 13th annual nationwide campaign urging Americans to eat better, get in shape and live healthier, longer lives.
"Food . . . It Even Sounds Nutritious" is the theme for the public education effort sponsored by the nation's largest group of nutrition professionals, which is calling attention to the "crisp, refreshing, spicy, sweet, crunchy and delicious" qualities of food.
"We hope to encourage consumers to go back to the basics," says Donna R. Watson, president of the American Dietetic Assn., the 50,000-member organization sponsoring National Nutrition Month. "When people think of refreshing, we'd like them to start thinking of a tall, cool glass of milk. When they think of something sweet, what about strawberries?
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"These are foods that fit those descriptions, and at the same time, they're good for you," she says. "Many Americans have come to believe that the only good-tasting foods are bad for you nutritionally."