March is National Nutrition Month
By NILOFER COUTURE, RD, MPH, CDE, LDN
CHEROKEE INDIAN HOSPITAL
March is National Nutrition Month and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.”
Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month.
To celebrate National Nutrition Month, the Nutrition Department at Cherokee Indian Hospital has fun activities planned. Weekly lunch and learns will be offered every Wednesday from 12-1 pm in the video conference room. The public is welcome to attend.
The first lunch and learn on Wednesday, March 6 features Dr. Ann Bullock speaking about Chronic Kidney Disease in Diabetes. The second lunch and learn on Wednesday, March 13 features Michael Sholtz. He will be speaking about his recent book (available on Amazon) called Coaching Yourself Thin. The third lunch and learn on Wednesday, March 20 is a panel discussion on Bariatric Surgery featuring several hospital employees who have had the surgery. The last lunch and learn on Wednesday, March 27 is a talk about the Impact of Food Insecurity on Obesity by CIH dietitian Nilofer Couture.
In addition to the lunch and learns, the Nutrition Department is organizing a Healthy Salads Recipe Contest on Monday, March 11 in the cafeteria. Healthy salads featuring lean meat, low fat cheese, beans, fruits or other low fat ingredients are encouraged and the top three winners will receive cash prizes of $50, $30 and $20. The public is welcome to participate. Bring your prepared dish (should serve 6-8 people) to the hospital cafeteria by 11am for judging.
The Cherokee WIC Department will be sponsoring a WIC Breakfast in the cafeteria on Tuesday, March 12 from 8-10am and will provide WIC cereals for the hungry. There will also be door prizes.
The Nutrition Department will be collaborating with Cherokee Food Lion and the Cherokee Community Wellness Team to offer a Cooking Demonstration at Cherokee Food Lion on Monday, March 18 from 4-6 pm. Registered Dietitians Robin Callahan, Linda Johnson and Nilofer Couture will teach participants how to add more nutrition in their lives! Participants will taste and learn how to make healthy and nutritious meals, receive a free healthy recipe packet and all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two fruit baskets donated by Cherokee Food Lion.
The Nutrition Department and the Cherokee Diabetes Program will have a Diabetes Prevention Table in the hospital lobby on Friday, March 22 from 10-12 pm for American Diabetes Alert Day. There will be informational literature, diabetes risk quizzes, snacks and door prizes for participants.
Lastly, the Nutrition Department believes that good nutrition habits start young and is therefore collaborating with the Jan Boyer, Cherokee Elementary School’s Art teacher, to organize a Nutrition Month Art Contest for fourth graders using the nutrition month theme. On Monday, March 25, the department will provide a healthy snack at 2:30pm in the cafeteria and will display the students art work outside the hospital cafeteria. Those coming to taste the healthy snack will help judge the art work. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $30, $20, $10.
Info: Nilofer Couture, RD, MPH, CDE, LDN at Cherokee Hospital at 497-9163 ext. 6459.