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JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department will celebrate National Nutrition Month in March.
The educational campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, focuses on the importance of making smart food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.
The health department plans to provide healthy snack demonstrations and give out nutrition educational items at The WIC Center this month. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) staff will wear National Nutrition Month t-shirts on Fridays in March. We will also celebrate Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day on March 13.
“Food is fuel for our bodies,” Bonita Webster, RD, said. “Our bodies can work much more efficiently with nutritious vitamin rich foods. WIC nutritionists help our community to understand which foods to include in their diet and the reasons why healthy choices are so important.”
The health department employs two nutrition educators and two registered dietitians at The WIC Center. They provide individual and group nutrition counseling, breastfeeding counseling, and determine supplemental food needs. Nutritionists conduct child development and immunization checks, health screenings, and referrals.
“WIC nutritionists are important for our community and the WIC program because they help mothers give birth to healthier babies,” WIC Administrator Chris Ellis said.
WIC provides healthy foods for low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children until age five.