Put Your Best Fork Forward: Celebrating National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! The theme this year is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” This reminds us to make small changes in our eating habits and food choices. These changes can have a lasting impact on our overall health.

Healthy doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. Here are the key messages for this year’s National Nutrition Month. Plus, a few ideas on how you can make them work for YOU.

  1. Create your own healthy eating style. Find healthy foods that you enjoy. Try a new fruit or veggie each week. Eat a variety of these foods each day.

  1. Cook at home and use healthy ingredient substitutes. Making chicken salad? Use low-fat yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Making a salad? Use romaine, spinach, or kale instead of iceberg lettuce. Making rice? Use brown rice instead of white.

  1. Know your portion sizes. Every person has different nutritional needs. Use MyPlate’s checklist calculator to find out how many calories to eat each day to have a healthy diet.

  1. Find physical activities that you enjoy. Physical activity should be fun and enjoyable. Play tag with your kids, go mall walking, take a dance class, or plant a garden. These are all activities that you can do to be active.
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© Eat Smart, Be Fit Maryland!Maira Gall