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Published on March 01, 2020

Tips for a Healthier Plate During National Nutrition Month

Choosing nutritious foods can make a big impact on your health and well-being. Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages Americans to focus on their eating habits one step at a time during National Nutrition Month.  This month, try one – or a few – of the tips below!

  1. Keep nutritious meals simple. Select a mix of lean protein, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits as the primary ingredients.
  2. Prepare meals at home with foods you have on hand. Stock the pantry with beans, grains, spices and oils, and the freezer with meats, veggies and fruits, so that even your last-minute meals can be healthy.
  3. Select nutritious food options when dining out. It can be the most difficult to eat healthy when you’re on the go, but focusing on limiting sugary drinks and salty snacks will go a long way.
  4. Establish a routine. Setting aside designated time each week for meal planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation will make sure you’re set up for success before the week even begins. For some people it works to meal prep everything at once, and others like to prepare for a day or two out.
  5. Make family dinners a priority.  Try eating together without distractions, like TV or phones, and eat slowly – making meal time last 20-30 minutes.
  6. Take time to make a list of your priorities. Did your health and well-being make the list?  If not, where can you make some adjustments?  Health goals are harder to achieve when we are stressed out and bogged down by other responsibilities.
  7. Share your goals with others.  Make sure your goals are shared so with your family, friends, and coworkers and let them know how they can best support you, whether it’s by sharing recipes or just helping keep you accountable.

Looking for a way to support your employees in their nutrition goals ? Cone Health Employee Health & Wellness helps employers across Greensboro, Burlington, and surrounding areas to support the wellness of their employees through onsite nutrition counseling and other corporate wellness services. Learn more by contacting Jacqueline Heyward at Jacqueline.heyward@conehealth.com or 336.832.7315.

For more tips on healthy eating, check out www.eatright.org and www.choosemyplate.gov

7 Tips for a Healthier Plate