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There is something special about the month of March. It signifies the coming of spring with warmer weather and longer days.
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month®? “Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018. The foods you choose to eat make a difference in your body; whether it’s a healthy breakfast to jump-start your metabolism or fueling up for a sports event. Being intentional and strategic with meals and snacks can also help to reduce food loss and waste!
So, let’s break it down, how do we “Go Further with Food?” Here are some helpful tips and an introduction to Farmview’s new dietitian program.
3. Make an effort to purchase the amount of food that you and your family can eat or freeze within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week. Make sure you store your leftovers smartly! Glass storage containers are not only reusable and sustainable, but they also allow you to see what’s inside. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that up to 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be eaten.
4. Be mindful of portion sizes. The MyPlate tool is a good visual recommendation of what your meals should look like. Choosing smaller portions not only helps reduce food waste but it also gives you the power to decide if you’re still hungry to go back for seconds, instead of throwing half-eaten food away.
5. Use good food safety practices to prevent foodborne illness. Make sure you wash your hands and clean surfaces often. Refrigerate foods promptly after preparing them. Ensure that foods are cooked to the right temperature and do not cross-contaminate.
6. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that individuals get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Aim to take your dog for a longer walk, try out a yoga class with a friend, or take a bike ride in the spring weather.
7. Consider meeting with a registered dietitian nutritionist to learn more about the benefits of healthy eating. A registered dietitian nutritionist is a food expert who has met both academic and professional requirements and is equipped with the knowledge to make healthy eating sustainable, problem solving a cinch, and a great support system as you add new behaviors into your lifestyle.
About Lauren Coheley, RDN, LD, CDE After graduating from the University of Georgia in May 2012, Lauren Coheley served as a Clinical Dietitian at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Although Lauren loved the hospital setting, she felt a calling towards nutrition research. In 2015 Lauren decided to pursue a Doctoral degree in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Bone and Body Composition Laboratory at the University of Georgia. Currently, Lauren Coheley is a 3rd-year Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Foods and Nutrition. Lauren’s research focus includes investigating the influence of egg consumption on bone health. In addition to her research endeavors, Lauren enjoys serving as the President of the Northeast Georgia Dietetics Association. When she is not busy in the lab, or serving her district, you can find Lauren practicing yoga or running around Athens with her dog Sadie.
Farmview is partnering with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to offer privates consultation for our guests. The program will start this spring and guests can book Saturday sessions. Consultations can be purchased in packages or pay as you go with single appointments.
Learn More About Farmview’s Dietitian Program
Monday–Saturday 7am – 7pm
Monday–Saturday 7am – 10:30am
Monday–Saturday 11am – 3pm
Saturdays (April – September) 9am – 1pm