Dietitians are key in helping Canadians Unlock the Potential of Food this Nutrition Month.
March is Nutrition Month and this year builds on the 2018 campaign that saw dietitians help Canadians Unlock the Potential of Food. Everyday dietitians help Canadians unlock the potential of food to enhance lives, improve health, inspire children, fuel activities and bring people together.
Dietitians in communities and workplaces across the country will host events during March. We encourage community leaders and other health professionals to connect and coordinate with local dietitians when planning Nutrition Month events.
Resources and tools
To support Nutrition Month events and activities, Dietitians of Canada has developed a number of resources that can be used and shared with healthcare providers, stakeholders, media, the general public and others.
For healthy eating advice, visit UnlockFood.ca for food and nutrition information, recipes, videos and to learn more about dietitians.
To take part in Nutrition Month campaign activities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year, our social media campaign will focus on dietitian stories to show how DC members make a difference in the lives of their clients and patients. Do you have a story to tell? Contact Kate Comeau to share your story and it may be featured in our social media activities.
Once a year, a special day is dedicated to dietitians across Canada. This year, Dietitians Day will be celebrated on March 20. Find out more and get resources to help celebrate dietitians as the trusted choice for reliable life-changing food and nutrition advice.
The history of Nutrition Month
For over 30 years, Nutrition Month has been the most visible public awareness campaign for the profession, reaching millions of Canadians. It began in the late 1970’s as a “Nutrition Week” with a small group of community dietitians. Local dietitians across several provinces then began planning events and activities in their workplaces, shopping malls, libraries and with the media. In 1981, The Canadian Dietetic Association (now Dietitians of Canada) and all the provincial dietetic associations jointly sponsored the first National Nutrition Week. The primary purpose of the Campaign was to increase public awareness about the importance of healthy eating by identifying dietitians as the most credible source of food and nutrition information. By the end of the decade, the campaign was expanded to a month.
Each year, a Nutrition Month theme is selected by Dietitians of Canada based on a scan of the environment and with input from members. Themes have varied from the 1988 campaign on “Healthy Weights in 88” to “Nourishing our Children’s Future” in 1994 to “Get the real deal on your meal” in 2012 to “Take the Fight out of Food” in 2017.
We count on the input and support of members, the public, ambassadors and our campaign sponsors to make the annual campaign a success.
2019 campaign sponsors
Nutrition Month is brought to you by Dietitians of Canada and thousands of dietitians across the country, in collaboration with the campaign sponsors. The official campaign sponsors for 2019 are Avocados from Mexico and Dairy Farmers of Canada. Our supporting sponsor is Canola Eat Well. Our factsheet sponsor is Loblaws Inc.
Updated December 18, 2018
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