As winter draws to a close (well, maybe) and sunnier, warmer weather begins to show up in the forecast, we’ll have more opportunities to go outside (without shivering). With spring comes the reappearance of birds, flowers, green grass, and blooming trees. This is also the time of year that we see an increasing number of runners, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts try to lose their winter weight and get back into shape. While exercise is an important aspect of overall health, what we put into our bodies is the most important. That makes this a fitting time of year to observe National Nutrition Month.
National Nutrition Month is a campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Their aim is “to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition.” The tradition started as a week-long promotion in 1973 and became a month-long campaign beginning in 1980.
Take some time this month to explore different ways to eat healthier and find out what’s new in nutrition. For example, did you know the nutrition facts label is changing again? By July 2018, the serving size and total calories will be featured more prominently. A new line specifies the amount of added sugar, while Vitamins A and C will no longer be required on the labels.
Also: How important is it to eat organic? What does GMO mean? Are supplements important? What role do vitamins play? Should you switch to gluten-free food?
Any of these questions/topics can be researched at TouroLib.org. The library subscribes to many nutrition journals that will guide you along a healthier path this spring. You also might notice the new and improved layout of our e-journals page.
Here are a few of the top nutrition journals we offer:
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is one of the most highly rated peer-reviewed journals and publishes the latest worldwide basic and clinical studies relevant to human nutrition in topics such as obesity, vitamins and minerals, nutrition and disease, and energy metabolism.
Nutrition Reviews is a highly-cited, monthly, international, peer-reviewed journal that specializes in the publication of authoritative and critical literature reviews on current and emerging topics in nutrition science, food science, clinical nutrition, and nutrition policy.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on advancing professional knowledge across the range of research and practice issues such as: nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, food science and biotechnology, food service systems, leadership and management, and dietetics education.
Journal of Nutrition covers all aspects of experimental nutrition in humans and other animal species; special articles such as reviews and biographies of prominent nutrition scientists; and issues, opinions, and commentaries on controversial issues in nutrition.
And finally, check out some of these websites that contain recipes, videos, games, and nutrition tips:
- Eat Right: http://www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month
- Kids version of Eat Right: http://www.eatright.org/resources/for-kids
- Nutrition.gov: https://www.nutrition.gov/
- American Society for Nutrition: http://www.nutrition.org/
- Choose My Plate: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/
- International Food Information Council Foundation: http://www.foodinsight.org/
I hope you enjoy a healthier start to your spring!
Contributed by: Keith Pardini, Librarian, Bay Shore