Thursday, March 12, 2015

Reid to host healthy nutrition event March 16 for National Nutrition Month

“Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” an interactive public event highlighting healthy grains and interesting vegetables, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. on Reid’s main concourse Monday, March 16.

Held in honor of National Nutrition Month, the interactive event will feature information and food grain and vegetable food samples. “We are happy to recognize National Nutrition Month again this year, as it draws attention to the vital role nutrition plays in our bodies,” said Christie Ferriell, a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition manager at Reid. “We hope this event sparks creativity in the kitchen and motivates people to incorporate new recipes into their lifestyle.”

Attendees can visit five stations, each staffed by a Reid registered dietitian who will share information about a specific type of food, pass out samples and provide a recipe to try at home. One station will feature chia seeds, which are an excellent source of fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein. “Chia seeds are easy to incorporate into your daily diet—you can put them in smoothies, pudding, cake, soup and much more,” said Caitlyn Zimmerman, who is hosting the chia seed station. “When you add new foods to your diet and try interesting recipes, good nutrition can be delicious and fun.”

Jennifer Stachler will be featuring quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”) at her station. “Quinoa is a grain that originated in South America, and it has all the essential amino acids needed to make it a complete protein,” Stachler said. “It is really versatile, too—you can enjoy it at breakfast, lunch and dinner! People want to eat well, but they also want food to be quick, easy and comforting. Many quinoa dishes fit that description.”

Reid offers a number of programs to help people learn about good nutrition, lose weight and prevent and manage diet-related illnesses such as diabetes. These include a 16-week weight management program for adults; a 12-week weight management program for children; a diabetes self-management program; a class that promotes diabetes prevention; and one-on-one consultations with a dietitian.

To register for the presentation or learn more about nutrition-related programs sponsored by the hospital, please call (765) 983-3423. You also can visit the National Nutrition Month website at for variety of helpful tips, fun games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition around the “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” theme.

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