DHEC encourages South Carolinians to look ‘Beyond the Plate’ this National Nutrition Month

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Since March is known as National Nutrition Month, officials with DHEC’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) are working to encourage people across South Carolina to become better educated about the food we put on our plates.

National Nutrition Month focuses on how food choices affect long and short-term health, it also shines a light on the importance of making informed food choices. SNAP-Ed’s theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is looking “Beyond the Plate,” which emphasizes the cultural, social, and environmental factors that influence everyday food choices.

Those with SNAP-Ed say there are five helpful ways to get involved in National Nutrition Month, which includes:

  1. Exploring cultural cuisine

  2. Shopping for local produce

  3. Gardening and growing your own produce

  4. Reducing, reusing, and recycling

  5. Being educated about nutrition and spreading food awareness

Crystal Connor, a Registered Dietitian with DHEC’s Bureau of Community Nutrition Services, says “By embracing cultural diversity in food, supporting local food producers, reducing food waste and promoting nutrition education, we can cultivate a healthier world for not only ourselves but the community at large.” Connor went on to say, “Going ‘Beyond the Plate’ means exploring the many ways the foods we choose impact our bodies, our environment and our economy.”

DHEC has a variety of resources to choose from when it comes to bettering food choices, for example, check out their Farmers’ Markets and Roadside Markets map to find fresh, locally-grown produce near you.

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