Join the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in celebrating nutrition every March by learning how to make informed choices about your food. Start healthy habits this month by using FDA’s tools and tips to help you make nutritious choices that last all year long!
Take advantage of available resources to help you start healthy habits and make informed food choices. Resources from FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are great tools to help you.
Consider these suggestions to kickstart healthy habits in your own life:
- Plan weekly meals ahead of time by writing out the ingredients you’ll need for each meal. This will help you meet all five food groups and can double as a grocery list for easy shopping.
- Use FDA’s Nutrition Facts label when grocery shopping to compare ingredients in different food items. Select items that have higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber and lower amounts of sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.
- Use MyPlate.gov to create healthy, complete meals that cover all five groups. Check the free MyPlate Kitchen resource for over 1,000 healthy, inexpensive, and tasty recipe ideas.
- Find out how calorie labeling on menus can help you make informed and healthful decisions about meals and snacks.
- Eat smart by monitoring calorie intake and portion sizes using the Nutrition Facts label alongside MyPlate.
The Nutrition Facts Label
Learn how to use the Nutrition Facts label as a tool for maintaining healthy dietary practices by visiting FDA’s “The Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for you?” website. Resources are available in English and Spanish and include:
- An interactive online tool and quiz to test knowledge about the Nutrition Facts label
- Nutrition curricula for middle and high school students
Additional Educational Materials
FDA has developed a portfolio of nutrition resources for a variety of audiences, including educators, dietitians, youth and youth educators, physicians and healthcare professionals, and older adults.
For Physicians & Healthcare Professionals
Learn more about the Nutrition Facts label and strategies to educate adult and pediatric patients on this important tool for making informed food choices.
Physicians' Continuing Medical Education Program
Resources for talking to patients about using the Nutrition Facts label to make healthy food choices.
Pediatricians' Continuing Medical Education Program
Resources for talking to parents and patients about using the Nutrition Facts label to make healthy food choices.
FDA’s Nutrition Initiatives
The FDA is prioritizing its nutrition initiatives to ensure people in the United States have greater access to healthier foods and nutrition information we can all use to identify healthier choices more easily. Increasing the availability of healthier foods could improve eating patterns and, as a result, improve everyone’s health and wellness.
Key elements include:
- Sodium Reduction
- Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition
- Labeling and Claims
- Consumer Education
- Support Innovation
Learn about FDA’s Nutrition Initiatives.
For more information on making informed food choices this month, visit www.fda.gov/nutritioneducation.