It’s commonly held that by February of each year, 80 percent of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. So as we near the end of March and the official start of spring, this might be a good time for some of us to (once again) evaluate our health. Whether or not we made a health-related resolution this year, the change of the seasons offers another great opportunity to take stock, find ways to increase our physical activity, and plan some positive changes in the way we eat.
March is National Nutrition Month®, “an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.” This observance is meant to help people learn more about the food they consume and how they generally take care of their bodies through diet and exercise.
As we all know, every year or so, a new diet or exercise fad sweeps the nation and promises to deliver better results in half the time or effort. As anyone who has tried one of these programs can attest, they are rarely sustainable, often costly, and usually drastically oversold. Realistically, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for optimum health. As a matter of fact, how health is defined may vary from person to person. However, there are some bedrock principles that can be agreed on.
As you think about your own eating habits this March, you may have some questions or feel you could use a refresher on proper nutrition. Consider visiting the National Nutrition Month page on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Eat Right website. You will find links for games, tip sheets and handouts, and other materials to help you think through the best way to reach your goals.
Here at Liberty HealthShare, one of our main values is personal responsibility. We believe our members are smart enough to choose for themselves how they should care for their bodies. We also understand that our job is to facilitate the sharing of healthcare costs, not to manage member health or manipulate behavior. That’s one of the many reasons we encourage members to develop a close relationship with their doctors—so they can make informed decisions with the input of a professional who knows their history, current profile, and goals, and who can partner with them to make a plan.
No matter the approach you take to improve your health, we encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers, review where you are currently, and find at least one way to take better care of yourself today. If your eating habits leave something to be desired, why not celebrate National Nutrition Month® by committing to make some improvements in that area?