March Is National Nutrition Month

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Here we are already in March, almost a quarter of the way through 2024. For those who set a New Year’s resolution, now is about the time all those go-getters are falling off the band wagon. Yes, even me, I’m guilty! But don’t let that keep you from setting goals, especially health goals; just take a step back and reevaluate and adjust your goal(s) as needed. Focus on small, achievable goals, and what better time to do that than National Nutrition Month!

This annual campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is a good time to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and creating healthy eating and physical activity habits. Healthy eating habits are important for maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and achieving the best overall health – for ALL ages. Some tips for developing healthy eating habits include:

  • Eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Limit your intake of processed and high-calorie foods, such as fast food and sugary drinks.
  • Pay attention to portion sizes and eat until you feel satisfied, not overly full.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time and try to cook at home as much as possible.
  • Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and avoid emotional eating.
  • Be mindful of your eating habits and enjoy your food without distractions.
  • Seek guidance from a registered dietitian or healthcare provider if you need help developing a healthy eating plan.

Remember, creating healthy eating habits is a journey, and it’s important to be patient and kind to yourself as you work to make positive changes to your diet and lifestyle. If you stumble along the way, that is okay – step back, reevaluate, and adjust as needed. For more information on creating healthy goals, contact Jessie Jones, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at 910-861-4591 or