Put Your Best Fork Forward

"Put Your Best Fork Forward" is the theme of this year's National Nutrition Month", created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year"s campaign acts as a reminder that each bite counts, and even making small shifts in our food choices can add up over time. The Academy has a plethora of tools1 to help organizations and individuals spread the message, including a Good Nutrition Reading list, articles, recipes, videos, games, and other educational resources for people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. "Individualizing your goals is important for each of us as unique individuals." comments Je"Anne Poole, RN, a VMS Nurse Educator. "What"s healthy for one person may not be the same for you." Je"Anne suggests starting small. "Pick one thing and master it. Then build on that. Pick another and master that. The progress you"re making is incredibly encouraging, and it really adds up over time." The first step in developing your personal plan for change may be to figure out how you are feeling about changing your habits. The US Department of Health and Human Services lists four stages people may experience when changing a health behavior.2 What stage seems to match where you are right now" Contemplation Preparation Action Maintenance Strategies to help you at each stage are included in the link below. From time to time, visit your goals and think of new ways to challenge yourself. Small changes can lead to healthy habits for life! 1 National Nutrition Month" Celebration Toolkit. American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/toolkit 2 Changing Your Habits: Steps to Better Health. US Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/diet/changing-habits/Pages/changing-your-habits.aspx