In August Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Celebrates Fourth Annual Kids Eat Right Month

July 6, 2017

CHICAGO – August is Kids Eat Right Month™, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and their families.

Created in 2014, Kids Eat Right Month mobilizes registered dietitian nutritionists in a grassroots movement to share healthful eating messages to help families adopt nutritious eating habits.

"Now more than ever, the health of the nation's children is of paramount concern," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Donna Martin. "Kids Eat Right Month emphasizes the positive, practical steps families, communities, health care professionals and policy makers can take to make sure that we are doing everything we can to improve children's health."

Nutrition is especially important for children because it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development, which will affect them as adults. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6 through 19) is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But childhood obesity, which is associated with elevated risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, bone and joint problems and sleep apnea, can usually be prevented.

"August is back-to-school time and the perfect opportunity for RDNs to highlight the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity that will help ensure children are healthy and succeed in school," Martin said. "Raising the next generation of healthy kids starts now."

The Kids Eat Right Month media kit is available now and includes the 2017 Kids Eat Right Month graphic, infographics, syndicated content, social media resources and much more. To schedule an interview or segment with a children’s nutrition expert, email [email protected].

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at eatright.org.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and awards, public awareness and research projects and Academy strategic initiatives, and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of dietetics. Visit the Academy Foundation at www.eatrightfoundation.org.