Published March 11, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control reports that 30% of adults over the age of 18 are obese, and more than 35% are diagnosed as overweight based on data from 2020. March is National Nutrition Month – a time to underscore the importance of eating a balanced diet that is robust in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meat. For some, eating a balanced diet comes naturally, but if you need help planning healthy meals or find yourself grabbing fast food or snacks to fuel you when your life gets busy, there are great resources at nutrition.gov to help you learn more. We like the MyPlate plan and the MyPlate Kitchen options to help you determine what to eat and how much, with easy-to-follow healthy recipes.
There’s no time like the present to get started. Use this month as an opportunity to jumpstart a healthier eating plan. From one-on-one support to virtual healthy eating challenges, and specialized programs to make a major lifestyle change, your SchoolCare benefits can meet you where you are to provide extra support.
It might be easy to change up your menu and try new flavors when preparing food for adventurous eaters, but balanced nutrition is important even for the youngest (and sometimes pickiest) eaters. If you’re looking for some help ensuring your children are getting a balanced diet, check out the on-demand replay of Cigna’s “Nutrition for Children” or "A Fresh Look at Healthy Eating" EAP Webcasts.