March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme is “Go Further with Food”. Goshen Health supports this national effort by providing nutrition education on managing your food resources. This month and every month, the registered dietitians at Goshen Hospital are dedicated to helping you understand what your body needs and providing you with the right tools to find a balance between the foods you need and the foods you love. With proper nutrition education and encouragement, they aim to ensure all food you consume or provide to others, goes further. Here are a few tips endorsed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the dietitians at Goshen Hospital:
- Plan meals based on the foods you have on hand
- Pack or freeze leftovers
- Be mindful of portion sizes, choose smaller portions to stay within your calorie needs and to avoid waste
- Donate extra foods that are still safe to eat to a local food pantry or shelter
- Transform leftovers into soups, salads or sandwiches by cutting up leftover meats and veggies
When discussing nutrition, it is important to know that all registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The registered dietitians at Goshen Hospital work with adults and children to create individual nutrition plans. Based on your needs, they can adjust the type or amount of food you eat, make recommendations on how to improve your diet to include healthy servings of vegetables, fruits and whole grains each day and answer any questions about a specialized diet ordered by your doctor. To learn about our nutrition therapy services, please visit GoshenHealth.com/Nutrition-Therapy or call (574) 364-2679.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics established National Nutrition Month to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. For more information on National Nutrition Month, please visit EatRight.org.