by Megan Geierman, RD, Nutrition Program Director
Every March we look forward to warmer weather, Springtime, and National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chooses a theme each year to celebrate nationally and promote balanced nutrition. This year we use the theme “Eat right, bite by bite.” Personally, for me, this theme celebrates the wonderful meals that we serve every day. Whether you dine at one of our beautiful activity and dining centers or receive Meals on Wheels, we can guarantee that each bite you take is well thought out to provide you the best nutrition possible! The power of a well-balanced, nutritious diet is truly incredible. When we make positive changes to our diet we slowly see the results bite by bite. We get stronger, we help to decrease our risk for heart disease and high blood pressure, we manage our blood sugar levels, and can even improve our mood through every bite of food.
I would like to share just what our meals provide to you. Did you know that each meal is assessed by the number of calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, sodium, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, B6 and B12? Along with the measurable amount of each nutrient, we consider color, variety, and different taste preferences. Food plays such an important role in our lives, beyond just good nutrition. Food often holds memories of traditions and fun times with friends. Think back to your favorite foods as a child, or helping out in the kitchen. What do you smell? What do you taste? Which meal or treat were you preparing? Who did you share this food with? Do you still have the same favorite foods now as you did as a child?
In partnership with Meals on Wheels of America, we are joining the nationwide celebration through a month-long series of events called “March for Meals.” Meals on Wheels is one of the primary ways we can share our love of good nutrition and access to healthy food with you. This March be sure to be on the lookout for interactive opportunities on Facebook ! We want to share and learn with each other all of the wonderful ways that food is celebrated in your life. Food nourishes our mind, body, and soul. So enjoy! Savor each bite of nutrition, celebration, and memories.