Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Nourishing Our Bodies, Nurturing Our Well-Being

March marks the celebration of National Nutrition Month, a time dedicated to promoting the importance of healthy eating and informed food choices. At MANNA, we recognize the pivotal role that nutrition plays in supporting the health and well-being of individuals and communities across Western North Carolina.

Fresh produce from Root Cause Farm at a recent Fairview Community Market.

Embracing Nutritional Wellness

National Nutrition Month serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of nutritious foods in promoting overall health and vitality. From fresh fruits and vegetables to whole grains and lean proteins, every food choice contributes to nourishing our bodies and enhancing our well-being. North Carolinians experience a higher rate of health issues than the national average, and the Appalachian region of the state again outpaces even the state’s higher rates. The connection of hunger to chronic health issues is clear: processed, sugar-laden foods are far more affordable than nutritious foods, and thus more accessible and easier on a household budget already struggling to afford basic groceries.

Educating and Empowering

At MANNA, we are committed to empowering individuals and families with the knowledge and resources needed to make healthier food choices. Through our nutrition education programs, online cooking workshops, and community outreach initiatives, we provide practical tools and valuable insights to help individuals adopt healthier eating habits and lead healthier lives. Our Nutrition Works team not only works to ensure that we are providing neighbors with nutrient-dense and calorie-dense foods, but also recipes that provide clients with a tasty way to cook up the food that they are bringing home from our mobile markets.

Enjoy this series of simple, healthy recipes from MANNA. (Playlist here)

Nourishing Our Communities

We recognize that access to nutritious foods is essential for building healthy communities. Through our network of partner agencies and community collaborations, we work tirelessly to ensure that nutritious food is accessible and available to individuals and families facing food insecurity in Western North Carolina. By addressing the root causes of hunger and promoting access to healthy food options, we strive to create a healthier and more equitable community for all.

Taking Action

As we celebrate National Nutrition Month, let’s take meaningful steps toward prioritizing our health and well-being. Whether it’s incorporating more fresh produce into our diets, exploring new recipes, or learning about healthy cooking techniques, every positive choice we make contributes to our overall health and vitality.

Together, let’s harness the power of nutrition to nourish our bodies, nurture our well-being, and build healthier communities across Western North Carolina and beyond.

SNAP participants are able to receive double their SNAP dollars for fresh produce at local farmers’ markets, thanks to a program by ASAP.