March is National Nutrition Month; here’s how you can kick it off 

Published 6:48 pm Friday, February 28, 2020

Eating right, bite by bite


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Eating and drinking are important parts of daily routines. But, how often do you think about when, why, what or how much you eat or drink? 

This year’s theme for March’s National Nutrition Month — Eat Right, Bite by Bite —provides a simple reminder that you can build and live a healthier lifestyle one bite (or baby step) at a time.

  • Take stock in your current habits. Before making changes, take some time to become aware of your current habits. Try taking pictures or keeping a journal to track everything you eat and drink for one week. What did you drink throughout the week? Do you cook at home or eat from restaurants? How many fruits and vegetables do you eat each day?
  • Pick one small change. Instead of biting off more than you can chew, set one realistic, specific goal. Pick something based on your current habits, or try one of these small bites: replace at least one soda with water each day, cook one more meal at home each week, or include a fruit or vegetable at each meal and snack.
  • Ask for help. Change can be hard, but including family and friends in your efforts can increase your success. Tell others what changes you are working on and specifically tell them how they can support you.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. Small, consistent changes add up to big effects over time. Once a new behavior feels like a habit, take another small bite, and celebrate those small victories.

If you ever need recipes or suggestions for healthy food swaps don’t be afraid to reach out. You can call the Boyle County Extension Office or email me at