March is National Nutrition Month!
March is an important month to address the rising need for better nutrition in the U.S. Today, almost 40% of U.S. adults are obese and, if you add overweight adults into the equation, the percentage goes up to a staggering 70%. Poor nutrition plays a role in patterns of chronic and preventable diseases. Improvements in diet and nutrition offer one of the greatest opportunities to have a profound, generational impact on human health. National Nutrition Month addresses the need for better nutrition with easy, weekly goals and tips. Start eating right, bite by bite! Here are 4 ways to take part in celebrating your nutrition this month:
Week 1: Vary Your Diet
Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. Include foods from all food groups and try new things! Practice reading nutritional labels at the grocery store to see whether an item is a step in the right direction. Try portion control, eating slowly, and hydrating more overall! The recommended amount of water to try to drink per day is 8 8-ounce glasses, or about a half gallon.
Week 2: Plan Your Meals Each Week
Meal planning can help you avoid too many days of eating out, which typically involves unhealthy foods and too large of portions. Utilize a grocery list to stick to more healthy foods. If you do have to dine out, focus on the healthier menu items and don’t fret taking home leftovers. Choose healthy recipes to follow during the week and remember that you can meal plan items for school and work.
Week 3: Learn New Skills for Creating Healthy Meals
Keep healthy ingredients on-hand at home and practice proper techniques for food storage and cooking safety. Share meals with family and friends when possible and save leftovers to prevent food waste. Try new flavors and seasonings to spice up your favorite recipes!
Week 4: Consult With A FNP and Set Health Goals
Mary Morgan, FNP, of Morgan Family Medicine can assist patients with obesity by educating them on a healthy diet and setting realistic goals for improvement. She can also help patients with the inherent risks of obesity such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, back problems, and respiratory and sleep disorders.