National Nutrition Month® was well represented in March by the Lintons healthcare clinical team.
"Go Further with Food" was the theme for 2018, and its importance was timely 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 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.
Throughout the month, there were opportunities to share recipes, test nutrition skills, improve knowledge on various topics, contribute in a food drive, and participate in activities that got the body moving. Here are highlights from the month:
“Enjoy the Rainbow” focused on consuming fruits and vegetables that fit into the colors of the rainbow to receive the benefits a variety of vitamins and minerals can provide. Stopping by the display table provided viewers an opportunity to test their nutrition knowledge and enter a drawing for a gift card to the local grocery store.
“Sweet Tooth” allowed participants to learn how to curb cravings for sweets, try a whole grain healthy snack, and share their own favorite snack recipe with others.
“Motivational March” brought a little exercise to the work place. Participants were motivated to get moving by joining in a fun activity and learning how easy some form of exercise can be incorporated every day. Whether it was bowling, chair exercises, an outdoor walk, or a conga line, participants enjoyed a refreshing smoothie, fresh fruit, and vegetables afterwards.
The “Staying on Track” informational presentation covered the “Go Further with Food” message. Participants learned how to make healthy meals or snacks with what is on hand, planning ahead, received a two-week menu that included a shopping list, and recipes. They also enjoyed an easy-to-make chopped garbanzo salad and received a re-usable tote for grocery shopping.
“Go Further with Food” allowed us to partner with our clients to help curb hunger through supporting a food drive. Non-perishable foods were collected and donated during the food drive and delivered to local food pantries and associations.