Oregon State University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Club and Be Well are celebrating National Nutrition Month this March with a two-day event in the Memorial Union Quad.
The event’s theme of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” focuses on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals .
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 4-5, which will feature games, prizes, free food, and tips on how to stay healthy from guests representing Bob’s Red Mill, First Alternative Co-op, Wild Squirrel Nut Butters, registered dieticians from OSU and Food@OSU.
“This is the fourth year that OSU has organized an event for National Nutrition Month, and it’s been a great way to introduce students, staff and faculty to ways in which healthy eating can be fun and tasty,” said University Housing and Dining nutritionist Tara Sanders. “When you start tasting samples and seeing how easy it is to put together a healthy, balanced plate, it makes nutrition a lot less scary and much more realistic for people.”
As part of National Nutrition Month, participants will get to vote in a unique twist on “March Madness” called “Veggie Madness.” OSU’s Healthy Campus Initiative and PacificSource Healthy Life have joined forces to identify a ‘Sweet 16′ of vegetables, which have been voted on by OSU experts. The “Final Four” vegetables will be available in sample form during National Nutrition Week and people will be able to vote on their favorite, in the hopes of crowning the Veggie Madness champion. The Final Four include asparagus, kale, broccoli and bell peppers.