March is National Nutrition Month. Though just a few weeks long, the main idea is to promote healthy eating habits and wellness opportunities across Central Florida. Now, you can get involved in unique and long-lasting ways.
National Nutrition Month started in 1973 as National Nutrition Week. The endeavor began as a project by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (then the American Dietetic Association). Rather than trying to tell people what to eat, representatives say the focus of the month is to “increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition.” That includes things such as eating a balanced diet, boosting daily activity, making smart food choices, and similar.
Thankfully, in Ormond Beach and many other communities in Central Florida, getting and staying healthy is easy. Plus, there are several events and activities that can stimulate and improve emotional and mental well-being. Read on to learn more about how you can get involved in nutrition awareness and action.
At Work and School
Health experts say the foundation of wellness isn’t necessarily about making drastic life changes, but rather small choices throughout the day that can add up to a major improvement. For instance, doctors recommend replacing at least one cup of coffee per day with herbal tea or even water. Similarly, they say you could bring your lunch to work or school at least once a week rather than eating out or selecting another option.
If you work in an office or enclosed environment, you might wish to schedule a healthy potluck event where everyone brings a nutritious and delicious selection. This way, you’ll benefit from healthy eating while also building friendships and camaraderie with co-workers.
When it comes to activity, it helps to live in a dynamic area that’s ideal for enjoying the majesty of nature and getting a good workout at the same time. For example, the growing and thriving community of Halifax Plantation features many opportunities to exercise, socialize, and enjoy your life to the fullest.
While there’s an ongoing joke about children hating vegetables, the fact is that kids like to be involved in making decisions that benefit themselves and others. So, you could allow youth to help make dinner at least once a week. Or, you might visit the Ormond Beach Farmer’s Market as a family. This blends nutritional outreach with special bonding time.
At the grocery store, you could swap one highly-refined product for an organic selection you might not have previously had the opportunity to try. You may also prepare satisfying snacks in advance, so you won’t be tempted by other options.
Or, you could even choose to try one new recipe every so often. While not all meals will be a hit, you’ll get to learn your family’s culinary preferences. Make a game and learning opportunity out of it by sampling different dishes from countries around the world.
Every Day Wellness
These are just a few of the many ways you can incorporate overall wellness into your daily routine. Other ideas include adding fresh produce to every meal, cutting back on salt and condiments, enjoying small indulgences once or twice a week, and similar.
Along with healthy eating, it’s equally important to focus on activity. Even when your mobility is limited, there are still ways you can enjoy all that Central Florida nature has to offer. One option is to take up the time-honored pastime of golf. Choose an established course with a solid reputation, such as the Halifax Plantation Golf Club.
In fact, this dynamic community has broad appeal. Close to needed amenities and the growing and thriving city of Ormond Beach, Halifax Plantation is set in a serene and quiet natural setting. That means after a long day at work, school, or other obligations, you can easily find your center and recharge. Browse our website to learn more about this outstanding locale. Then, contact us today to get started on a high-quality custom home that’s tailored to your unique desires and requirements.