March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Our events for National Nutrition Month aim to promote healthy lifestyle habits for county residents through nutrition education.

According to Prince George’s County Health Department, “The prevalence of obesity has been increasing among adults and children in Maryland.” Poor eating habits and physical activity contribute to overweight and obesity as well as many chronic diseases, including heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and arthritis. 

Come and enjoy our FREE healthy cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops as we celebrate National Nutrition Month. In these virtual and in-person sessions, you will receive nutritional tools, learn how to prepare healthy meals with step-by-step cooking demonstrations, and explore ways to make healthier choices for the entire family. Registration required. All ages welcome. 

Beating Diabetes: Ancient Grain Veggie Bowl & Green Machine Protein Shake Cooking Demonstration
Thursday, March 2, 12-1 pm

Are you diabetic and looking for new recipes or just looking for more healthy recipes? During this virtual session, you will learn about what types of foods help you prevent and manage diabetes. These recipes will include whole grains, veggies, lean protein, and much more. 
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10702 Livingston Road 
Fort Washington, 20744

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Brown Rice Pasta & Broccoli Stir-Fry Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-7:30 pm
Have you heard of the anti-inflammatory diet? During this virtual session, you will learn about what types of food can reduce or even prevent chronic inflammation—a risk factor for many health issues. These recipes will include fruits, veggies, lean protein, nuts, seeds, and much more.
Beltsville Community Center
3900 Sellman Road
Beltsville, 20705
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Celebrate a World of Flavors Workshop
Thursday, March 16, 6-7 pm
Get to know the international aisle with a Giant Nutritionist and try something new. Learn easy recipes and ingredients that make eating IN as easy as carrying OUT. Best of all, these better-for-you versions will help you celebrate National Nutrition Month with flavor and health in mind. 
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Food is Medicine Workshop
Tuesday, March 21, 6-7 pm
Learn how to fill your cart and plan your menu to prevent cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Join us for a lively discussion with a Giant Nutritionist on disease-fighting foods and ways to reduce sugar, fat, and salt in your daily diet. You’ll leave this session with practical tips and strategies for using your favorite foods as a daily medicine. 
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park, 20740
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Superfoods for Weight Loss: Succulent Spinach & Beans with Rice Cooking Demonstration
Thursday, March 23, 12:30-1:30 pm
Looking for nutrient-dense foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants? No matter your nutrition goals, adding superfoods to your diet is a great way to improve long-term health and maintain a healthy weight. After this demonstration, you will be able to add two recipes that can aid in weight loss and help with preventing many chronic health issues. 
Glenn Dale Community Center
11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard
Glenn Dale, 20769
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Beating Sugar Cravings: Fruit Yogurt Parfait & Apple Crisp Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, March 29, 6-7 pm
Do you have a sweet tooth that’s throwing off your plans to eat healthier? Attend this virtual session to learn two recipes that put a twist on your favorite dessert dishes to keep you on track with your wellness goals. 
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ADA Accommodations

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. TTY (Text Telephone) for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability 301-699-2544.