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March Is National Nutrition Month

Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media

Get information on how to eat well from the Ocean County Health Department


There are many social, emotional and health factors that play a role in the foods people choose to eat; the foods we enjoy tend to be the ones we eat most. During National Nutrition Month which is celebrated during the month of March each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” ~ Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Health Department (OCHD)



Our friend Leslie Terjesen , who keeps us up to date on so many Health Department events, sent me information on how March is National Nutrition Month. The Health Department, through many of its programs, encourages area residents to return to the basics of healthful eating. This year’s theme focuses on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans….Last week was National Registered Dietician Day and experts shared ways to cut back on FAST FOOD

Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator,  added, “One of the most important programs that the Health Department offers related to healthy eating is the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program, which is offered  to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and children up to the age of five years. Those who financially qualify will receive vouchers for supplemental nutritious foods.  In addition, WIC services include nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, immunization screening and health care referrals.  You can call 732-370-0122, to see if you qualify for WIC.  The Health Department offers WIC sites throughout the county.”

The Health Education Unit of the OCHD, offers Nutrition Programs to schools to children of all ages.   This program can also be offered to groups ranging from pre-school age to older adults.  You can call John Clayton at 732-341-9700, ext. 7277, or email at for more information.  You can also visit the OCHD website at or follow them on Twitter@OCpublichealth or like them on facebook.


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