Pomona Issues National Nutrition Month Proclamation

Published Date: Apr 5, 2021 10:00:00 AM

A nutrition class successfully petitioned the Pomona City Council to declare National Nutrition Month in the city.

Students from NTR 4460A, the Community Nutrition Activity class, reached out to the city of Pomona with a request to declare National Nutrition Month in March.

The students – Miguel Quiroz, Francis Ortiz, Audrey Lai, Azriel Valverde, and Luz Granados – also created a social media post for the city to use.

At its virtual meeting on March 15, the Pomona City Council officially issued the National Nutrition Month proclamation, with Mayor Tim Sandoval reading it aloud for the online audience.

Lecturer Sangeeta Shrivastava, who teaches the class along with Emily Kiresich, thanked Mayor Sandoval and the City Council on behalf of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, registered dietitian nutritionists for issuing the proclamation.

Food doesn’t just sustain life, but it also brings joy, because we celebrate our lives with food, Shrivastava said. It also has transformative power, she added.

“I strongly believe that if we bring food and nutrition to the forefront of healthcare, the cost of healthcare will be significantly reduced,” Shrivastava said.

National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

This year’s theme was “Personalize Your Plate,” which acknowledges that there is no one-size-fits-all-approach to nutrition and health and informing people that registered dietitian nutritionists can create customized eating plans for them.

“I encourage all the residents of Pomona, L.A. County, California and beyond to eat right within your own cultural and ethnic food references and go see a registered dietitian for your personalized nutrition care,” Shrivastava said.