By Sherkiya Wedgeworth

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Have you noticed anything different about the menu options in your cafeteria at work recently? Or maybe you participated in a healthy eating webinar or received an email notification about nutrition from HR?

It's all part of National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored each March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

And the Office of Personnel Management is doing its part to raise your awareness of the importance of making the healthy food choices.

"There's no better time for federal employees to focus on healthy eating goals than during National Nutrition Month," Stephen Shih, OPM deputy associate director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management, wrote in a recent blog post. "We care about the health of federal employees. Living a healthy lifestyle can help you be your best at home, work, and in your community. We hope you will take a few minutes to examine your eating habits this month and rejuvenate your health goals -- one bite at a time."

Shih provided examples of efforts agencies are making to raise healthy eating awareness, such as "wellness tours" at the National Institutes of Health, where employees tour the cafeteria and identify better choices, sample healthy options, ask questions, and learn how to customize meals to meet their dietary needs.

Another agency, the Department of Transportation, issues weekly nutrition tips through an employee listserv and provides lunch-time seminars on nutrition topics.

These and other efforts support a number of federal initiatives promoting healthy lifestyles among feds, such as the presidential memorandum on Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Programs and the Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations, Shih noted.

These efforts go on throughout the year as agencies try to get an idea of just how effective wellness programs are by providing a variety of trainings and programs, and then conducting assessments to gauge their success.

America's focus on the importance of healthy eating has come a long way since the debut of National Nutrition Week in 1973. And in the years since that week expanded to a month in 1980, good nutrition has become all the more important in light of America's expanding waistlines.

Check out the website,, for more programs and healthy eating tips.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 1:08 PM

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