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March is National Nutrition Month.  With over 117 million U.S. adults having at least one chronic disease and spending $316 billion in medical costs on diet-related chronic diseases, we need to eat healthier. Aligning our eating habits with the Dietary Guidelines reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.  Thus, it is time to challenge ourselves to make one change to improve our health this month by practicing a change and trying one new healthy recipe. Pick one of these examples to practice this month to start the change toward better health:


Water bottle

  • Consume no more than one soda or sweetened drink per day. If you have already been limiting it to one a day, try one a week.
  • Make your dinner plate half vegetables and fruit.
  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Limit your sodium consumption.
  • Drink water.
  • Choose whole-grain foods.
  • Eat/drink at least two servings from the Dairy Group every day.

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  • Eat fruit for snacks.
  • Eat some nuts for snacks.
  • Eat fish at least twice a week. (Check out Fishy Fridays on our Facebook page.)
  • Try a new vegetable or fruit each week.
  • Follow the DASH or Mediterranean Diet.
  • Park farther away from the entrance.
  • Engage in some physical activity most days of the week.
  • Practice mindfulness or mediation.
  • Take three deep breathes when you feel stressed.

I am participating in a challenge at work to pick a less sugary drink everyday this month. You might challenge your co-workers, friends, or family to join you in a similar challenge.

The second part of my challenge is to try a new recipe.  Often times a new recipe will increase our interest in healthy eating.  Check out these websites Dinner Tonight, Food Hero and Recipe Central for some easy, delicious recipes.  Many of the recipes have videos or pictures to show how to make them. The websites also have kid friendly recipes.


Veggie Tots

I tried Veggie Patties and Veggie Tots recipes.  Both are delicious and easy to make if you have a food processor.  If you like cheese you will enjoy the Veggie Tots.  I also tried Brownie Batter Hummus.  I thought the idea of cocoa and hummus was strange, but it’s wonderful on fruit and tastes like a brownie.


Breakfast cupcakes

A super easy recipe for breakfast is the Microwave Breakfast Cake.  If you regularly eat cereal for breakfast this one is a tasty substitute.

Let us know what recipes you try and how your challenge goes.  Let’s make this March a healthier one.  Hopefully, the weather will get warmer in March and make it easier for physical activities outside.

Author: Pat Brinkman, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, brinkman.93@osu.edu

Reviewer: Misty Harmon, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, harmon.416@osu.edu


Mayo Clinic Staff. (2019).  Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan.  Available at https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

National Institute of Health. (2018). DASH Diet.  Available at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-plan

Oregon State University Extension.  (2019). Food Hero.  Available at https://foodhero.org/

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. (2019).  Dinner Tonight.  Available at https://dinnertonight.tamu.edu/

University of Nebraska Lancaster Extension. (2019). Recipe Central.  Available https://food.unl.edu/recipe-central

USDA. (2019).  Let’s all Eat Healthy. Be Healthy. Save.  Available at https://choosemyplate-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/tentips/DGA-Infographic-2018%20%281%29.pdf

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Live Healthy, Live Well Spring Email Challenge

Sign up today to get healthy with us. This email challenge may be just what you need to jump into wellness this spring.

When: April 23 – June 4, 2012

What does it cost: Nothing it is Free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

What is included: Twice weekly educational messages, tracking log for progress, Facebook account for group interaction, weekly drawings from participants for wellness and fitness prizes.

Why: To improve your overall health and well-being while providing valuable research as to the effectiveness of social media as a means of disseminating educational information.

How do I sign up? Email treber.1@cfaes.osu.edu with subscribe in the subject line.

Sponsored by: Ohio State University Extension and County Commissioners Cooperating.

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