SEARHC hosts National Nutrition Month events in Juneau

February 24 2011

Registered dietitians at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Ethel Lund Medical Center will host a series of activities in March for National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Eat Right With Color,” which encourages people to make sure their plates feature a full spectrum of colorful and healthy fruits and vegetables (reds, yellows/whites, oranges, purples/blues and greens). “The more colorful your meal, the more nutritious it is. Not only do fruits and vegetables contain vital nutrients, incorporating more into your diet reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases such cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer,” SEARHC Community Dietitian Kari Natwick said. “I encourage families to cook with color and have fun in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes. Remember, the more varied your diet is, the greater the likelihood you’re getting all of the nutrients you need for optimal health.” During the entire month of March, there will be nutrition information displays in the reception area at the Ethel Lund Medical Center and in the lobby of the Juneau Dental/Behavioral Health/WIC building. These displays will have information to help you and your family improve your eating habits and make healthier food choices. There also will be food boxes by the information displays so people can donate food that will be delivered to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank at the end of the month. On Wednesday, March 9, which is National Registered Dietitians Day, Natwick will host a food-tasting event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ethel Lund Medical Center. Feel free to stop by to sample the delicious food and pick up some healthy recipes. Also during March will be several “Exercise with the RDs” events. These lunchtime events all take place from noon until 1 p.m. at the Ethel Lund Medical Center conference rooms. Participants will be eligible to win a pass for 10 visits to either Pavitt Health and Fitness or JRC/The Alaska Club to be drawn at each class. The “Exercise with the RDs” events are:
  • Tuesday, March 8 — Zumba: This fitness activity uses dance and movement to Latin rhythms and is taught by Kristin Mabry.
  • Wednesday, March 16 — Tap Dance: Tap shoes are not required for this class taught by Dr. Mimi Benjamin (who used to dance on Broadway).
  • Wednesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 30 — Yoga: Please bring a mat, block and blanket, if you have them, for this class taught by Nancy Duhaime.
For more information about these events and National Nutrition Month, contact SEARHC Dietitians Lisa Fenn at 364-4476, Susan Hennon at 364-4096 or Natwick at 364-4460.