Health Promotions encourages healthy lifestyle

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, seated center, signs a proclamation alongside base community members during a National Nutrition Month kickoff event in the Spangdahlem Health Promotion’s kitchen at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 26, 2015. The proclamation designated the month of March as National Nutrition Month and encouraged Spangdahlem community members to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, seated center, signs a proclamation alongside base community members during a National Nutrition Month kickoff event in the Spangdahlem Health Promotion’s kitchen at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 26, 2015. The proclamation designated the month of March as National Nutrition Month and encouraged Spangdahlem community members to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - The 52nd Fighter Wing officially declared March as National Nutrition Month.

The month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

"National Nutrition Month and its theme for 2015, 'Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle' is important to U.S. Air Force members and their families because the general U.S. population is overcome with overweight and obesity related diseases that can find root in poor nutrition habits and physical inactivity," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Denise Campbell, 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron health promotion dietitian and point of contact for National Nutrition Month activities. "Many of these same issues in the general U.S. population are also true for the military. The goal of this year's theme from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is to focus on making smart and healthy food choices and improving our exercise habits in a way to promote health for all ages. If we are facing injury or disease or if our family members are, it puts a strain on the mission." 

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, signed a proclamation at the Spangdahlem Health Promotions Feb. 26 to launch the month's activities. 

"I hereby encourage all members of Saber Nation to join the campaign and endeavor to become more knowledgeable about their nutrition to fuel human performance and the nutrition of others to support a culture that aims to achieve optimum health for today and tomorrow," said McFall in the proclamation.

For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/ or call the Spangdahlem Health Promotions at DSN 452-7385 or 06565-61-7385.