The National Nutrition Month® is a federally registered service mark of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy). It is celebrated yearly in March by the Academy and by all those that support the Academy.

The theme of the 2023 National Nutrition Month® campaign is “Fuel for the Future.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages consumers to fuel for the future when planning meals and snacks. As part of National Nutrition Month®, the Academy’s website hosts resources to spread the Academy’s messages.

Some of this year’s core team messages are:

1. Plan meals around Produce

Adding produce to your diet plan not only benefits health but the planet as well. Eat in a healthy and environmentally friendly way such as:

  •  Choose plant-based meals and snacks.
  • Add more non-meat protein such as beans, tofu, and nuts.
  • Have a meatless meal once a week.
  • Incorporate a variety of seafood into your meal plan,
  • Fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruits and 1/4 with high fiber grains and starchy vegetables.

Plant-based eating can boost your immune system, manage weight and decrease risk of certain chronic diseases. Besides health benefits, plant-based eating can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.

2. Shop in Season and Local

A farm stand or farmer’s market is a great place to find healthy, fresh fruit and vegetables when in season. When not in season, substitute dried fruits and vegetables, fresh, frozen, canned will also be nutritious.

Here is a small seasonal list of crops to look out for a farmer markets and organic produce stores in New York region. Click here for a full New York crop seasonal list or click here for the New York crop seasonal calendar.

Some New York Seasonal Produce Availability:


Stinging Nettles, Spring
Strawberries, June
Zucchini Blossoms, June and July
Fiddleheads, April and May
Asparagus, May and June
Fava Beans, May and June
Spring Onions, May and June
Mint, Spring through Summer
Morels, Spring
Pea Greens, April through June
Rhubarb, May through July
Garlic Scapes/Green Garlic, May and June
Mushrooms (wild), Spring through Gall
New Potatoes, May
Cherries, July
Blueberries, July and August
Corn, June through August
Currants, August

Summer into Fall

Apples, July through October (cold storage until spring)
Basil, July through September
Cucumbers, July through October
Eggplant, July through October
Broccoli Raab, August through November
Cantaloupes, August and September
Carrots, June through September (local harvest available from storage through March)
Squash (summer), July through September


Grapes, September and October
Cranberries, October through December


Garlic, July through October (stored year-round)
Mushrooms, (cultivated), year-round

3. Start your own Garden

Consider growing your own food in containers or a backyard plot. Tending to a home garden can:

  • Give you access to fresh food
  • Help ease stress and anxiety
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Decrease your carbon footprint

You’ll use less plastic packaging and can compost your scraps.

4. Visiting a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was founded in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I. Today, the Academy represents more than 112,000 credentialed practitioners — registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered, and other food and nutrition professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students.

It is the world’s largest organization of nutrition and dietetics practitioners committed to improving health and advancing the profession of nutrition and dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Interested in finding a registered dietitian nutritionist near you? Visit the Academy’s Find a Nutrition Expert directory.

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Kim Bunn-Minsky, RDN,CDN

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