As you walk through the produce aisles of your favorite grocery store, you may notice different fruits and vegetables on display sporting messages like “At Seasons Peak!” or “Now In Season!” throughout the year. If you’ve never thought about grabbing those veggies while they’re hot, maybe you should! As National Nutrition Month slowly comes to a close, take a moment to introduce yourself to the concept of Seasonal Eating, and the benefits of adopting this nutritious habit.
It’s been a busy month at the College of Medicine this March, but perhaps you’ve had a chance to take an interest in your nutrition at some point during your busy schedule? This month was the perfect month to do so, as it was officially National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors this month-long campaign annually, providing lots of helpful resources and tips for managing your nutrition on their website. This year’s theme was “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. According to their website, “Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another”. The theme for this year was aimed at getting consumers to combine nutrition and taste to produce healthy and delicious meals that also meet the recommendations set forth in the Dietary Guidelines.
To do our part to bring the campaign to the COM, we put together an informational display board that has been parked outside the library front doors all month (perhaps you’ve seen it on Popcorn Day?). We’ve gathered some great information regarding some simple tips you can easily start putting into action when thinking about what to buy at the grocery store (for instance, fat-free or skim milk over whole milk – same nutrients, less fat and calories!), or when you’re fixing dinner for your families. In addition to the tips, we’ve provided some recipe cards courtesy of the Academy, and suggested some mobile apps that we thought would be appropriate from our Workplace Wellness LibGuide.
Incidentally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out our Workplace Wellness LibGuide, it also fits in really nicely with the idea of nutrition and wellness. The guide highlights resources that provide access to a wide range of health and medical information available on the web. The “Apps, Widgets, and Toolkits” page of the guide has the most takeaways for visitors, as it includes a bunch of apps (with room for plenty more!) and toolkits to jump-start your own wellness. So far, it has been a great resource to support the Workplace Wellness Study the library and various others around the college have been participating in since August. If you’d like to know more, just ask a librarian! The study concludes in April, so stay tuned for our final report on our findings.
There are still a few days left to check out the display board! Stop by the library and pick up some recipes and read up on the tips we have. If you find you’re just not able to leave your desk, you can always check out the National Nutrition Month website for this information and more.
Our display boards in front of the library tend to change from month to month, and are an easy way to display great information for everyone to see. So what do you want to learn more about? Any awareness month’s coming up you’d like to see a board about? Maybe you’d like to see some apps showcased? Whatever interests you, we’d love to know! If you have ideas, please feel free to share. Perhaps we can feature your suggestion 🙂