Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!
Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD
As registered dietitian nutritionists, we work hard. It’s not easy doing battle every day against misinformation, waging war against disease and malnutrition, defending good and healthy food, and trying to convince people to give healthy habits a chance! So we undoubtedly deserve a whole day to celebrate.
This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Savor the flavor of eating right” and I hope you will take the opportunity to do that with some of your favorite foods. Here are five other fun, non-food ways to celebrate:
- Invite your favorite RDNs to join you for coffee, a meal, or a walk to celebrate (who else is going to get it like they will?). You could even make it a point to give each of your pals a special little treat, like a Dove dark chocolate heart to remind them of how sweet they are.
- Treat yourself to a mani-pedi (guys, this is good for you too!). So many of us work on our feet all day and put our hands through all kinds of extremes, whether we work in clinical, foodservice, or another area, taking care of our hands and feet is essential. Plus it just feels great!
- Drop in to that morning or evening yoga class you’ve wanted to try (you just might find a new habit you have to keep). We have to live by example and taking time to relax, meditate, and exercise will serve us and those around us well.
- This is the perfect reason to get a massage and relax. You’ve certainly earned it!
- Buy yourself a new, cool water bottle or some other National Nutrition Month swag (https://www.jimcolemanstore.com/nnm/). Outfit yourself with all of the cool gear that shows off this year’s awesome logo!
If you’re in the metro, Greater Atlanta Dietetic Association (GADA) is hosting a gathering for RDs, DTRs, and nutrition students at Loca Luna that evening (6-8:30pm). Snacks and a small raffle will be featured – along with great networking. GADA is also collecting non-perishable food for Panther's Pantry, the food pantry that serves GSU students.
— Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD, is president of Southern Fried Nutrition Services (southernfriednutrition.com) specializing in food allergies and sensitivities, digestive disorders, and nutrition communications. Follow her on Twitter at @DietitianSherry.