Calling all GFWC-NC “Healthy Women”
March is NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH®!
As GFWC-NC members know, “Healthy Women” make eating right a priority! Thanks to President Ann Landis, we have a head start on the rest of the nation as we begin National Nutrition Month. Throughout the 2018-2020 GFWC-NC administration we have reinforced the habits of “Healthy Women” as we have tracked our consumption of rainbow-colored foods and clean, fresh water. By now, our own good habits are engrained, and we can encourage others to make nutrition a cornerstone of improving their own health.
National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy’s message stresses that good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small changes can spark a cumulative improvement in health. The campaign’s slogan sums it up: “Eat Right, Bite by Bite!”
For personal and club related inspiration, go to eatright.org, where you will find key messages for each week of March. You’ll also find a Campaign Toolkit with tip sheets, games, press releases and planning materials for possible club meetings and activities. Don’t miss “40 Ideas to Get Involved in National Nutrition Month”; this section reads like a “primer” for GFWC meetings and events! There’s also a Social Media Toolkit where you will find hashtags you can use as you spread the news of your club’s nutrition-focused themes this month.
“Eat Right, Bite by Bite”… a timely way to reinforce and expand the reach of our GFWC-NC President’s Special Project!
International Women’s Day is March 8th
International Women’s Day is set aside globally as a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a call to action to accelerate gender parity.
International Women’s Day dates back 111 years to 1909, when 15,000 women protested long work hours, low pay, and the lack of voting rights.
Throughout the years, International Women’s Day has served as a platform for women to advocate for their rights, and as early as 1944, the GFWC adopted a resolution in support of the Equal Rights amendment. In 1975, the United Nations officially recognized International Women’s Day.
The theme for 2020 is “An Equal World is an Enabled World.” How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
THE BIGGEST ISSUES FACING AMERICAN WOMEN
- Sexual violence (38%)
- Sexual objectification (35%)
- Unequal pay (34%)
- Ability to balance a career and children (32%)
- Representation in business leadership (20%)
- Reproductive rights (19%)
- Underrepresentation in politics (16%)