As the largest employer of registered dietitians, Sodexo is supporting National Nutrition Month in their accounts through the use of the nutrition month promotion “Savor the Flavor of Health”. This theme supports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (AND) theme of ”Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” with more information available at eatright.org. Initiated in March 1973, the event became a month long event in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition.
Throughout the month RDs in hospitals managed by Sodexo will be supporting the Sodexo theme through 4 different weekly themes: Healthiest Fruits and Vegetables, Great Grains, Super Herbs and Spices, and Perfect Proteins. Each week’s theme has a handout specifically designed to educate consumers.
WHAT’S UP WITH WHEAT BERRY – You may think wheat berry is a berry, but that is certainly not the case. This whole grain is a wheat kernel that hasn’t been cracked, so it still contains its high-fiber outer bran layer and all of its wholesome nutrients. An unprocessed wheat kernel in its most natural form is where all wheat products start – and it’s right where you should start if you’re looking for fiber, folic acid, protein, B-complex vitamins, iron and Vitamin E.
Examples of recipes that support the various weekly themes include: Wheat Penne with Chicken and Red Pepper Sauce, Mango Crusted Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa and Feta Leek Quiche.
To support the “Savor the Flavor of Health” theme, RDs have developed word search puzzles and games to share with customers. RDs will be presenting “lunch and learns”, food tastings and other presentations for customers and staff. Displays will include banners, calendars and celebration letters with the theme on them. To showcase their presentations, RDs may choose to participate in the photo contest.
Also in our accounts, RDs will also be celebrating the seventh annual RDN day on March 12,2014 through various ways such as “RDs out to lunch”, lapel pins, t-shirts and gift cards as well as personal thank you notes. Registered Dietitians Nutritionists are committed to improving the health of their patients, clients, and community. This day commemorates the dedication that RDN provide in advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people throughout the world.
The best foods are full of delicious flavor and fortified with the necessary nutrients you need for good health. Choose immune-boosting herbs and spices, fiber-rich whole grains, wholesome dairy and lean proteins as well as colorful fruits and vegetables. Eating right helps you savor every bite. Contact a Sodexo RD for more information.
Written by Linda Werkheiser MS, RD, LDN who is a Regional Nutrition Manager who provides clinical support to the Sodexo Hospital accounts in the Midwest.