Celebrate a Healthy You This National Nutrition Month!

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It's a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of good nutrition and developing healthy eating habits.  This year, focus on making small changes that lead to a big difference in your overall well-being.

Why is Nutrition Important?

Proper nutrition fuels our bodies and minds. It gives us the energy we need to tackle our daily activities, strengthens our immune system to fight off illness, and promotes healthy growth and development.  Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and even some types of cancer.

Tips for Healthy Eating During National Nutrition Month (and Beyond!)

  • Plan your meals: Set aside some time each week to plan your meals and snacks. 
  • This will help you make healthy choices and avoid unhealthy impulse buys.
  • Make small changes: Don't try to overhaul your diet all at once. Start by making small, sustainable changes, like adding a serving of vegetables to each meal or swapping sugary drinks for water.
  • Read food labels: Pay attention to serving sizes and the amount of added sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats in the foods you eat.
  • Cook more meals at home: This gives you more control over the ingredients in your food.
  • Don't skip meals: Skipping meals can lead to overeating later. Aim to eat three balanced meals and two healthy snacks throughout the day.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is essential for overall health. Aim for eight glasses of water per day.

National Nutrition Month Resources

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a variety of resources to help you celebrate National Nutrition Month, including recipes, meal plans, and educational materials https://www.eatright.org/national-nutrition-month.

Make National Nutrition Month a springboard for lasting change!  By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can take charge of your health and feel your best all year round.