Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Promote National Nutrition Month

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) will be promoting National Nutrition Month during March to encourage patients to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits.

National Nutrition Month was initiated in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, and it became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing interest in nutrition and is celebrated annually.

This year’s theme, “Celebrate a World of Flavors,” showcases how flavors from cultures around the world is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help you create healthy habits that celebrate your heritage and introduce you to new foods and flavors.

The second Wednesday of March is celebrated as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to commemorate the dedication of registered dietitian nutritionists as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world. This year’s celebration was on March 9.

SVCHS will be promoting plate personalization during the month of March to celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Our Registered Dietitian, Caitlin Davis, will be purchasing ingredients and making recipes that celebrate our World of Flavors here in Virginia by showing you how to make a few Southern/Appalachian dishes BUT with a healthy spin. She will be doing a series of recipes called “Southern Salads that aren’t really Salad.”

We will be posting these recipes along with pictures and instructions for making the dishes on our Facebook page and TikTok under the name @dietitciankitchen. Feel free to give the page a follow for more tasty recipes.

In the coming months, Davis is planning on holding cooking demos at each of the community health centers in Saltville, Meadowview, Bristol, and Tazewell.

For more information on National Nutrition Month, please call 276-496-4492.

This year’s theme is Celebrate a World of Flavors! Throughout March, embrace the foods and flavors of your heritage and other global cultures.
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