Published on March 20, 2018

NutritionMonth

For more information or to speak with a registered dietitian at Holzer, call 1-855-4-HOLZER.

Holzer Recognizes National Nutrition Month in March

In recognition of National Nutrition Month in March, Holzer Nutrition Services is hosting an event at the Holzer Therapy & Wellness Center in Gallipolis on Thursday, March 29 at 6pm. The event focus is “Go Further with Food", which is the theme for National Nutrition Month.  The topics will include:

  1. Go further with breakfast.
  1. Go further with groceries.
  1. Go further with your workout.
  1. Go further with fiber.

Through National Nutrition Month®, created in 1973, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Holzer promote healthful eating by providing practical nutrition guidance and focusing attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound physical activity habits.  Go Further with Food" is a timely theme for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money.

"Preparing several meals on the weekends can provide balanced meals that can easily be reheated throughout the week," stated registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristen Smith. "It's also a great way to eat healthfully, save time during the week and reduce food waste."

“After you choose a day to prepare meals, decide which recipes you want to use and create a grocery list,” Smith shared. “When possible, choose meals made with ingredients you already have at home to get the most out of your food.”

Cooking in bulk saves money and allows you to portion and freeze meals for later. Instead of reheating an entire dish, only reheat a single meal. After reheating food in the microwave or the oven, use a thermometer to ensure leftovers reach a safe internal temperature.

"Create a meal prep plan that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods," Smith says.

Initiated in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, the public education campaign became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing interest in nutrition.

To commemorate the dedication of registered dietitian nutritionists as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday of March is celebrated as "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day." This year's Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day will be celebrated March 14.

Holzer offers Register Dietitians at our locations in Athens, Gallipolis, Jackson, and Meigs Counties. Dietitians are able schedule appointments upon physician referral to discuss weight management, diabetes, and more. For more information or to speak with a registered dietitian at Holzer, call 1-855-4-HOLZER.

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