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Good Nutrition Month
November 30, 2018
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INCORPORATING GOOD NUTRITION INTO DAILY LIVING
Lintons’ healthcare division and clinical teams were busy promoting Good Nutrition Month this past November. Theme-based activities and presentations were held weekly for staff and residents, highlighting a variety of techniques to incorporate good nutrition into daily living. 
Topics included: 
• the importance of hydration
• reading Nutrition Facts panels
• the role of omega-3 fatty acids
• bone health
• how to stay on track during the holiday season 
• healthy, on-the-go snacks

The first topic to kick off Good Nutrition Month was Nutrition in Clear View. Participants sampled delicious fruit-infused water while learning about the importance of staying hydrated and how to read the new Nutrition Facts Panel.

Week two, Brain Food, tested their knowledge about omega-3 fatty acids and the role they play in developing and maintaining good health. Small prizes, such as a gift card to a local grocery store, were awarded for the most correct answers. Those who scored 100% on the quiz were entered into a drawing for an additional gift card.

Bone Health was the focus of week three. Each facilities’ RDN conducted a seminar discussing bone health and the risks for osteoporosis. Afterward, participants enjoyed homemade smoothies, a tasty bone-healthy treat, and a theme meal at lunch featuring bone health-promoting foods.

One of the hardest things to do during the holiday season is to resist temptation when the dessert trays make their way across the room. The fourth week of Good Nutrition Month, Healthy Holidays, provided new tips and tricks for transforming those classic holiday dishes — and delicious desserts — into healthier alternatives. For example: when baking, use unsweetened applesauce or ripe bananas in place of butter; serve baked apples with cinnamon and sugar in place of apple pie; bake or broil instead of frying proteins; use low-fat milk in place of whole milk.

We finished up with On the Go! While reiterating the importance of light daily exercises, participants were introduced to quick, healthy snacks that provide great boosts of energy for the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush. 

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