National Nutrition Month

-Toni Sicola, Executive Editor, Health and Wellness Professional

We focus a lot on food with this blog, posting a new recipe nearly every other week, and giving occasional advice like how to snack and how to find and eat seasonal foods. That’s  for two reasons:

  1. What we eat is among the most (if not THE most)  important factor in our health outcomes and how we feel as we move through the world — in terms of the food itself, how it’s cooked, where it comes from, and how much of it we put in our mouths at any given time.
  2. Food and nutrition are among my most favorite obsessions, both in work and in play. Cooking is a passion of mine, and finding creative, more healthful twists on old favorites (along with inventing something completely new)  is one of my favorite ways to spend my time — and of course sharing the recipes and the food with friends makes it all the better.

A big focus for me and my family is to make sure we eat enough fruits and vegetables. I load up on both each morning with our morning smoothies (there are tons of smoothie recipes on this site if you’re interested); we make sure that there’s a good serving or two in our lunches each day, and at dinner, vegetables tend to dictate how we plan out the rest of the meal.

March is National Nutrition Month, and here at AHS, we’re running a number of programs to fuel good food habits and teach better choices. Each Monday in March at Highland Hospital, we’re bringing healthy snacks, food tips, and recipes to the cafeteria at lunch time. (This is in collaboration with the Ambulatory Health Education Department.)

We’re also running a challenge for ACMC-logo’ed prizes, which will eventually yield a 2013 AHS Healthy Me! Cookbook through employee recipe submissions. We’re encouraging people to try new fruits and veggies each week of the month and also incentivizing folks to sign up with Whole Foods Market’s new meal program Whole Eats. The last thing we’re doing is asking that everyone watch at least the first hour of HBO’s Weight of the Nation. You can also see it on Youtube here. It’s free to watch anywhere.

What will you do in celebration of National Nutrition Month?

Pick something small and easy that you can start doing today. It’s Friday, so chances are, you’ll have a few minutes to think about and plan your strategy.

  • Do you have time for a quick trip to the grocery store for a fresh piece of fruit?
  • Do you have time to make yourself and afternoon smoothie today?
  • Do you have time to put some whole dried beans and rice into a bowl of water to soak them for tomorrow’s breakfast or lunch?
  • Do you have time to chop some veggies in anticipation of time crunches next week?

Think of something small, and go for it! This weekend, I’m going to start my very first garden. I can’t wait to see it grow! (crossing my fingers I have a green thumb.)

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