March is National Nutrition Month, and there’s no better time to make changes to your diet. Why? Because spring is almost here, which many call the season of change. If you missed out on making a New Year’s Resolution here’s your second chance.
National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. The theme for National Nutrition Month this year is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” The goal of the rhyme is to make it easier for kids to remember, but also for adults to take it to heart, too.
The academy wants you to understand that every little bit of nutrition is a step in the right direction. Small goals/changes can have a cumulative healthful effect, so let’s look at a few ways you can get started on becoming a healthier you during National Nutrition Month, or any time of the year.
The American Heart Association also wants to see you celebrate National Nutrition Month. You can do so by making heart-healthy food choices! Visit the Heart-Check Food Certification page on their website. Heart-Check marks make it easy to spot heart-healthy foods in the grocery store or when you’re dining out.
There’s a video at the top of the page that explains how the program works. You’ll also find additional nutritional education, like:
It’s just another way for you to educate yourself and make healthy food choices that are good for your heart.
Heart-smart shopping goes beyond the grocery list to reading food nutrition labels, Things you should be looking for include:
See how much you can do to celebrate National Nutrition Month? Even just adding a couple of these suggestions can help you become more heart-healthy and start building a healthier lifestyle, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
You can get some additional tips in our guide “Eating Healthy on a Busy Schedule.” You’ll find valuable information you can apply to your heart-healthy lifestyle, even when you’re on the go.