Action Plan for Healthy Eating

An action plan can help you take steps toward reaching your goal of healthier eating.

Start by thinking about what you eat now and what changes you want to make. Then think about what eating changes will help you make healthier food choices. You don't have to change your whole diet all at once.

Set a Specific Goal

Here are some examples of specific healthy eating goals:

Steps Toward Your Goal

Once the goal is in mind, think of how you can reach the goal. Use simple, doable ideas as the steps to your goal. Here are examples of first steps to reach a goal:

Create Your Plan for Change

Use this Action Plan form (PDF) or create one of your own.

Tips for using an action plan:

Learning and adapting your plan:

Note: Keep your goals realistic. Start by taking small steps toward your goal. If you feel stuck or are having a hard time, ask a friend, family member, or your doctor for help.

Interactive Tools

The ChooseMyPlate website, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has tips to help you meet your goals. The interative tools include a BMI calculator and a tracker to record what you eat and drink, as well as your physical activity.


Clinical review by Travis Abbott, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 02/15/2012