Contributed by Brandi Fitch
March is National Nutrition Month and as difficult as it can be to focus on eating healthy with the stress of the pandemic, addressing any unhealthy eating habits can help you slowly start to feel better overall. The way you eat can affect your mood, sleep, and stress levels. Taking small steps towards eating better and “personalizing your plate” can get you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle.
Many tips and resources are available to access at eatright.org to start your journey towards eating healthier. National Nutrition Month this year is focusing on personalizing your plate. Everyone is unique with different goals, backgrounds, and tastes. There is not one definitive way to start eating healthier overall. Some tips to get you started include:
- Prepping and planning your meals-Take the time once a week to prepare your meals for the week so you already know what you will be eating.
- Vary your diet-Try to eat a variety of nutritious foods daily to keep your meals interesting and more exciting.
- Visit a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist- Make an appointment with an RDN, who can tailor a healthful eating plan that fits your needs.
- Additional health tips to get started can be found here.
Whether your goal is to lose weight or eat less salt or less sugar, getting started is the first step to living a healthier lifestyle and feeling better overall! Find additional tips/resources, activities, and planning materials here.
If you’re looking for a program to help you move in the right direction towards a healthier lifestyle, registration is now open for WellSpan Health’s 9th Annual 10 Pound Throwdown. This program focuses on taking small steps to make big changes and will help participants set healthy goals to achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. The challenge runs from March 15th-May 24th and participants can join at any time. Register as a team or an individual here.
Individuals can also still register for WellSpan Health’s Winter STREAK program and the bi-weekly workshops here. The program runs through March 26th and encourages participants to increase physical activity, eat healthy and reduce stress during the cold winter months. Register today!