March 2012: Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian Day

WHEREAS, the type, quality and amount of food individuals consume each day plays a vital role in their overall health, wellness and physical fitness; and,


WHEREAS, there is a need for continuing nutrition education and a wide-scale effort to enhance good eating practices; registered dietitians are recognized as the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living, helping individuals make positive lifestyle changes; and,


WHEREAS, registered dietitians have extensive experience and degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or related fields and have completed a competitive internship process and examination in order to work throughout the community as they do in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, fitness centers, the food industry, and research and private practice; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Michigan Department of Community Health to recognize all registered dietitians living in Michigan, and to encourage all citizens throughout the state to make healthy food choices by incorporating a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and dairy into meals every day;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Nutrition Month and Wednesday, March 14, 2012 as Registered Dietitian Day in Michigan.