FOCUS ON WELLNESS

March is National Nutrition Month

Here are resources to explore as you focus on healthy eating habits

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Celebrated every March, National Nutrition Month emphasizes the importance of making informed food choices and creating healthy eating habits. This year's theme—Celebrate a World of Flavors—is centered around incorporating your favorite cultural foods and traditions into your meal plans, as well as trying new flavors from around the world. Recipes and resources can be found on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, eatright.

Here are some options for the Johns Hopkins community to explore to help keep nutrition top of mind.

WW resources

Joining WW will help you find inspiration, community, and more. Sign up through Johns Hopkins for as low as $8.48 per month (that's 50% off the retail price), and you can unlock a personalized program that can help you reach your weight-loss and wellness goals. More from WW:

  • Article: Honoring My Heritage Made Me a Healthier Eater. Read how one WW member embraced her identity and lost 60 pounds along the way.

  • Webinar: Building Your Plate. Assembling a healthy meal can be intimidating. How much protein and how many carbs should there be? What are the correct portion sizes? During this webinar being held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, a WW coach will guide you on how to build a meal that's right for you. Register here.

BurnAlong Nutrition Month Live event and classes

Join the BurnAlong team for one of its most popular events of the year: the March Nutrition Live webinar. At noon on Wednesday, March 16, BurnAlong will be hosting a panel of experts ready to answer your questions about food, vitamins, weight loss, specialty diets, and more. Register here.

Also, find these multisession self-guided classes from BurnAlong nutrition instructors:

  • Brain-Drive Weight Loss. In this five-class program, learn how to create change within yourself so that you can lose and maintain weight.
  • Healthy Kids: 8 Principles of Creating a Mindful Eater. Whether your child is obsessed with sweets, is a "big" or "small" eater, or you simply want to avoid future problems with eating and food, this nine-class program is for you.
  • Emotional and Stress Eating. Stress and/or emotional eating is not really about the food. Join the 11-class program to dive into understanding what is behind your emotional and stress eating.

If you have not set up your free BurnAlong account, register here.

CareFirst member resources

March is the perfect time to assess and adjust your health goals and behaviors. Looking for help getting started? Check out the CareFirst resources available to you:

Scale Back Weight Management Program

  • One-on-one access to a registered dietitian
  • Track your food with real time feedback
  • Free digital scale and Fitbit

Health coaching

  • Coaches will reach out by phone to invite you into the program.
  • To enroll in coaching via phone, dial 877-260-3253 and press option 7.
  • To enroll through the Sharecare app, find the tile under the Achieve icon.

EHP member resources

EHP members have access to health and wellness resources such as care managers and free monthly health education classes to support participants with nutrition and other health goals. Check out this webinar from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on March 22:

Moving in the Right Direction. This 60-minute virtual workshop teaches participants how to improve eating habits, make healthier food choices using the MyPlate method, and increase physical activity. Participants will understand the basics of weight control and set a weight-loss goal. Register here.

Additional resources from Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine Wellness and Prevention. Visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine Wellness and Prevention library to stay current with food and nutrition articles such as Think Twice About Following Food Trends.

Meatless Monday. Meatless Monday is a global movement that encourages people to reduce meat in their diet for their own health and that of the planet. The campaign was started in 2003 by Sid Lerner, founder of the Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The Meatless Monday campaign provides easy-to-use content to help you incorporate one meatless day—at home and or in the workplace—into your week.

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