CCH Dietitian, Mona Van Wart, with her seedlings from 2018. Join the challenge this year and Grow Your Own!

March is National Nutrition Month®.  National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Some great things to try are:

  • Limiting processed foods
  • Create simple healthy meals at home
  • Plant a garden for easy access to healthy food options
  • Get outside and get moving, no matter what the weather
Register to win your own starter kit and Grow Your Own this season!

In honor of National Nutrition Month I am kicking off another year of ‘Grow Your Own’ to promote gardening.  Even if you do not have a garden plot, you could try a container garden on your deck, porch, or steps.  Container gardens are great for items such as tomatoes, or your favorite herbs like basil or chives.    Last year I started seeds in my office for my garden and also did some container gardening. It was fun sharing the experience on the CCH website and Facebook page.  And the encouragement and many tips shared by community members were great!   This year I will be growing from seed and sharing the adventure for all to follow along.  I really hope others will join me and share comments and tips about their experience on the posts.   To get others excited about this, CCH is giving away some Grow Your Own Starter Kits at the end of Nutrition Month!    You can register for the drawing in the CCH Main or ED Lobby, or by liking and sharing the post on the hospital’s Facebook page. 

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Bulletin #2751 is a good resource for starting seeds at home.  Search for 2751 on their website at  As mentioned before, I am definitely not an expert in this.  In fact I am a novice.  My challenge to you all is to join me and try to grow some of your own seedlings. We can share what works and what doesn’t work.  Join me!  Who is up for the challenge? 

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