Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launches a National Nutrition Month campaign to invite the public to form healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Eat right, bite by bite”, reminding us that small changes are a step in the right direction. We are encouraged to eat a variety of nutritious foods, plan our meals each week, learn skills to cook meals, and consult with a RDN. Here’s how Harmons can help you improve your health, bite by bite!
Week One: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day
Next time you’re in a Harmons, try choosing items tagged Dietitians Choice. This is one way to ensure you’re choosing healthful items every day. You can also utilize these tags on our eShop site. While you’re there, take a look at our healthy living collection. This month’s collection is smart snacking—perfect for making small changes in our nutrition!
Week Two: Plan your meals each week
Here are a few meal planning tips:
- Plan your lunches to take advantage of fresh ingredients that you plan on using for other meals; this may allow you to completely use your ingredients (e.g. if one meal calls for ½ of a bunch of cilantro, plan a lunch that uses cilantro)
- Plan to cook extra in the evening and take leftovers for lunch
- Menu planning is personal, so it is important to reflect on your own cooking habits, schedule, and other parts of your lifestyle to find a menu planning strategy that works for you.
Interested in more menu planning tips? Stop by your Dietitian’s office today and ask for some handouts!
Week Four: Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Meeting with a RDN is a great way to receive personalized counseling to meet your nutrition goals. Read about each of our RDNs here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in signing up for our nutrition counseling services.
Establishing positive change in our lives does not need to be overwhelming. Remember, every small change accumulates to bigger change. Making one small nutrition goal this month can lead to increased health down the road. Read this if you need help making a SMART goal!
Happy National Nutrition Month!