National Nutrition Month® is celebrated every March to promote the
importance of making healthy food choices. This year, the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics has selected the theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”
The theme emphasizes that we each “hold the tools” to make
food choices that can improve our health.
Michelle Nardi, Nutrition Supervisor, Lead Clinical Dietitian and Co-chair
of the Patient Education Committee, and her team, witness firsthand, the
struggle many patients face as they try to eat well to heal and improve
their wellness. “When people have limited resources or lack of access
to nutritional food, it can be a struggle to make healthy choices. We
try to show our patients, employees and the community that all of us can
start by making the small changes and the bigger changes in our health
and well-being, will happen over time,” Nardi says.
To encourage employees to “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” the
Cortland Regional Food and Nutrition Department is launching a new Healthy
Worksite Cafeteria Policy. During the month of March, we will celebrate
“Wellness Wednesdays” with a special healthy entrée.
There will be free samples from Chef Diane Timmons-Shaffer between noon
and 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Patients, staff, and visitors can choose
from a selection of whole grains, lean unprocessed meats, low sodium options,
and a weekly vegetarian choice.
Wanda Rawson, Director of the Food and Nutrition Department is excited
to implement this new policy. “We work very hard here to ensure
that our food is as healthful and as beneficial as possible – for
our patients, our staff, and our visitors. Wellness Wednesday allows us
another way to showcase that commitment in a fun, creative way,” she says.
Cortland Regional’s team of Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs)
focuses on optimizing the nutritional status of our patients, residents,
and community members. As our food and nutrition experts, they ensure
the food provided to patients and residents is nutritionally balanced
and if needed, they can tailor a meal plan to meet specific needs. RDNs
also provide education on the nutrition-related aspects of managing chronic
diseases, weight, and food allergies/intolerances just to name a few.
If you are interested in seeing a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, talk
to your doctor, or call us at (607) 428-5087 for more information. A physician
referral is required.
Additional Community Resources
Below are some links to community-based organizations that offer information,
education and resources for nutritional health.
Seven Valleys Health Coalition
Food Bank of Central New York