National Nutrition Month® has been recognized and celebrated nationwide every March since 1980. The purpose of National Nutrition Month® is to focus on the importance of nutrition and physical activity, and emphasize how making small changes in your lifestyle can have a significant impact on your overall health. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme for 2017 and the following are some tips for how you can accomplish this.
Be active on a daily basis.
This isn’t limited to just exercise but rather daily lifestyle choices such as taking stairs at work or taking three 10-minute walks each day. Increasing your activity can help you not only manage stress and sleep better, but also allows you to feel better about yourself. Studies have shown that moderate physical activity can delay memory loss and decrease the risk of cognitive impairment.
Dedicate yourself to going “green.”
Not only does this mean to incorporate dark green leafy vegetables into your diet, but to become aware of small changes you can make to live in a healthier environment. One way is to make family time a “no digital zone” – take that hour you normally spend on cell phones, tablets or televisions and instead spend that time outdoors in nature. This encourages socialization and communication among the family, as well as an active lifestyle.
Volunteering your time to helping others helps your community. It also provides the opportunity to develop new skill sets or build on existing ones.
Learn how to read a food label.
Food labels give you a snapshot of the food you are eating. Learning how to read a food label can help you make an informed decision about the foods you eat.
There are many ways to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” and become a healthier person all around. These tips are just a few ways of how making small changes can have a significant impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing.