South Dakota Department of Health Recognizes March as National Nutrition Month


South Dakota Department of Health Recognizes March as National Nutrition Month


PIERRE, SD – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health proudly joined the nationwide celebration of National Nutrition Month®, which promotes year-round commitment to healthy eating and physical activity.


“The South Dakota Department of Health supports initiatives that promote informed decisions regarding nutrition and lifestyle,” said Secretary of Health Melissa Magstadt. “We recognize the influence of diet on well-being and sustainability.”


This year's National Nutrition Month® theme, "Beyond the Table," encourages individuals to consider the impact of their daily choices on both personal health and the environment.


March 13th also celebrates Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics initiated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to heighten awareness about the indispensable role registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) play in delivering food and nutrition services. Celebrated on the second Wednesday of March, this day honors the dedication of RDNs in promoting health and preventing disease.


Secretary Melissa Magstadt highlighted the significance of RDNs in enhancing public health, stating, "Registered dietitian nutritionists play an invaluable role in guiding individuals toward healthier choices. Their expertise is crucial in fostering sustainable eating habits and promoting overall well-being."


RDNs undergo rigorous academic and professional training, including completion of accredited dietetics programs, intensive practice internships, and passing a national registration examination by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Their expertise extends to specialized fields such as sports nutrition, pediatrics, and the management of chronic conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer.


National Nutrition Month® originated as "National Nutrition Week" in 1973 and expanded to a month-long campaign in 1980 due to the growing public interest in nutrition. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages individuals to go "Beyond the Table" by embracing healthy eating routines, seeking guidance from RDNs, and understanding the intricacies of food production.


For more information on National Nutrition Month®, please visit