- To help you make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits.
- To promote the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the most timely, scientifically based, and credible source of food and nutrition information.
If you are one of the majority of Americans who falls short of your nutritional and lifestyle goals, consider using National Nutrition Month as the opportunity to kick-start a nutrition upgrade that can result in real improvements in health, energy, weight, and mood. Indeed, good nutrition and regular exercise can do this for you. To get started, take a look at these…
Five easy ways to boost your nutrition and health
1. Boost your nutritional knowhow
- Healthy Eating on the Run tip sheet (PDF)
- 20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables (PDF)
- 25 Healthy Snacks for Your Kids (PDF)
- Color Your Plate with Salad (PDF)
- Eating Right for a Healthy Weight (PDF)
- Eating Right Tips for Older Adults (PDF)
- CDC’s Healthy Recipes with Fruits and Veggies selector – use it to select fruits or vegetables you’d like to use in a recipe, and then choose the type of meal you’d like to prepare.
- Tips of Stretching Your Fruit and Vegetable Budget (pdf) – 30 tips for eating healthy without flattening your wallet
Get lots more info on nutritional health at EatRight.org.
2. Get professional guidance
We all know someone who, with the best of intentions, did more harm than good with a diet plan or nutrition plan that was either inherently unhealthy or not healthy for them personally based on body type or family history. So, if you’re not sure where to start with your nutrition plan, or want to make sure your plan is safe – right for your body – consider involving an RD – a registered dietitian.
A registered dietitian or “RD” serves as an integral liaison in helping individuals and communities make changes for a healthy delicious diet. To explore this option, check out these resources:
- Top Ten Reasons Why Consulting with a Registered Dietitian Can Benefit You
- Registered Dietitians...Bring Food and Nutrition Expertise to the Table
3. Make better nutrition fun for the family
But don’t stop with the younger set; here are nutrition games and quizzes for teens and adults:
- Test your eating habits with the Rate Your Plate quick quiz.
- Play the adult version of Nutrition Sudoku or Nutrition Word Search.
- Test your nutritional knowledge with the Fact or Fiction game.
- For a fascinating look at the history of diet fads, check out the FadDiet timeline.
4. Grow your nutritional knowledge and track your success
5. Spread the word!
- Publicizing your plan to friends can generate personal accountability, which will help you meet your health goals. It’s easy to renege on your plans when the only one who knows is you. But when friends know, there’s a greater sense of responsibility to not let them down or embarrass yourself by not following through.
- Telling others of your nutrition plans may encourage them to follow your footsteps. With friends involved, you’ll have mutual encouragement to spur you on in your nutrition plan.