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August is "Kids Eat Right Month"

8/6/2015, 2:19 p.m.
To highlight the role everyone plays in ensuring a healthy future for our nation's children, the Academy of Nutrition and ...

National--To highlight the role everyone plays in ensuring a healthy future for our nation's children, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation announce the first Kids Eat Right Month™, to be celebrated each August.

Kids Eat Right Month™ will focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families, featuring expert advice from registered dietitian nutritionists.

"At a time when the nutritional health of our nation's children is of peak concern, Kids Eat Right Month™ will emphasize positive steps families, communities, health care professionals and policy makers can take every day to make sure we are doing all we can to improve children's health," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Sonja Connor.

Kids Eat Right, created in 2010 by the Academy and its charitable Foundation, offers resources and information for Academy members and the public to encourage nutritious, healthful eating among children and families. Kids Eat Right supports efforts of the White House to end the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

In celebration of Kids Eat Right Month™, registered dietitian nutritionists will mobilize in a grassroots movement, sharing healthful eating messages with schools, communities and faith groups. "As children head back to school in August, Kids Eat Right Month™ will reinforce our program's core messages of shopping smart, cooking healthy and eating right," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Foundation Chair Terri Raymond. "By following these principles, we can help ensure children are healthy, succeed in school and grow into healthy adults."

In addition to educating families on living healthier lifestyles, Kids Eat Right Month™ will reach out to policy makers whose programs and legislation affect children and their nutritional health.

"Kids Eat Right Month™ provides RDNs the opportunity to showcase our expertise through the education of children and families as well as urging communities and policy makers to provide children with access to healthy foods at home, in school and at the grocery store," said registered dietitian nutritionist and the Academy’s National Education Director Katie Brown.

To help celebrate Kids Eat Right Month™, the Academy has developed educational materials appropriate for every audience. These free materials will be available in July at www.KidsEatRight.org.

"Raising the next generation of healthy kids starts now," Connor said. "In August and year-round, the Academy and our Foundation are committed to helping all kids eat right."