Make Smart Choices for a Healthier Diet

Have you ever noticed how many unhealthy food options are nearby? According to a recent study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, areas with more retailers selling fast food and junk food contribute to rising obesity rates in the U.S. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is vital for your health and helps decrease your risk of developing diet-related diseases.

March is National Nutrition Month, which is a perfect time to try these simple tips to help your family eat healthier and achieve a balanced diet.

  1. Try to get a variety of colors on your plate, adding more fruits and vegetables to each meal.
  2. Read the food nutrition labels and pick foods that provide nutrients and limit sodium and added sugars.
  3. Choose water instead of soda or other high calorie drinks and add a lemon slice if you’re missing the flavor.
  4. Pay attention to your hunger levels before and while you’re eating and control your portion size.

Making smart choices can help you and your family maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are in need of assistance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides nutrition assistance, education, and guidance through programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Visit for additional information on food and nutrition assistance programs within the Food/Nutrition category.