Molly Roemer recently graduated with a degree in dietetics from BYU. She enjoys food and family, and seeks to enrich the lives of others through both. Email questions or comments to

You have an astounding amount of potential within you. Although only a piece of the whole, your physical health can play an important role in helping you to achieve that potential.

My objective today is to inspire you to find your untapped potential through practicing good health habits. Although health is not attached to worth, good physical health habits can enable you to more fully realize your worth. When you feel good, you are more likely and able to develop talents, serve others and even do more of the things you know you already enjoy.

Some are born with conditions or ailments due to genetics, age, injury and other factors. Everyone is different and has varying needs. However, most can make some sort of change in order to attain better health. Allow your physical health development to be enabling, rather than permitting it to hold you back or be something to feel guilty about.

Implementing better health habits can give you more control over your body, reduce stress, increase function and efficiency of your organs, contribute to a better appearance, reduce your risk of health problems and much more. Over time, the benefits to implementing good health habits will far outweigh any apprehension to making changes you just need to be consistent and give it time.

Make a change to your lifestyle. You can do hard things! Reach for goals that can enable you to get a better glimpse of the potential you possess. Here are some practical ideas to get you started:

For each meal, try making half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Not only are they full of good nutrition, but they also generally have few calories and lots of fiber to keep you full longer. Reach for a variety of colorful options. Try preparing a fruit or vegetable you have not eaten before. You will be surprised at the options available to you.

Replace sugary drinks with water. A lot of calories are consumed in a short amount of time by drinking soda and juices. Not only can this contribute to weight gain, but it may also increase your risk for atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Be moderate in your consumption and reach for water more often.

Plan your meals and snacks. Take the time to plan your meals once a week, or for whatever time frame that works best for you. Doing this will increase your chances of eating well because you will not be driven by hunger. You have to eat, so by planning you greatly increase your chances of making smarter choices.

Be more active. Start small and build up more endurance. Find activities you enjoy doing and do not be afraid to try something new. Some possibilities might be gardening, playing sports, riding a bike, dancing, or washing your car. Be creative. Instead of driving somewhere, walk!

Write your goals down and put them somewhere where you will see them. Talk to someone about your goals. You are far more likely to achieve them if you do so.