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Good nutrition aided by team work, self discipline

March is National Nutrition Month. Are you wondering why you should care or what that means to you? As a dietitian at Community Medical Center, to me it means opportunity.

This is a great time for us to improve our health and well-being by being mindful of our choices and increasing our knowledge about what is best for our bodies. While adopting a nutritious lifestyle doesn’t mean you can never again enjoy a scrumptious dessert or savory appetizer, it does mean you have to determine that you will ensure those become occasional indulgences and not regular affairs.

Nutrition Services at Community takes this opportunity seriously and we want to reach as many people as possible with the ultimate goal of helping to encourage and foster healthy lifestyle changes for our employees, our patients and our community.

I am fairly certain that most everyone desires to be a little bit healthier, perhaps to exercise a little more, to eat a little better or to shed a few unwanted pounds. The reality of it is that it’s easier said than done. I, too, have had my share of nights when I thought I’d allow myself that “last supper” or “last dessert” because tomorrow I am determined to turn over a new leaf.

How is it then, that this is a recurring scenario?

The truth is, success at reaching our goals is more likely if we work together to obtain them. Let’s together embrace this chance to look a little closer at the choices we are making, to discuss our triumphs and our challenges openly, and to hold each other accountable where we can.

So please, whether you are an employee, a patient or a visitor, be on the lookout during the month of March for our contests, nutrition tips, challenges, Nutrition Wednesdays in the cafe and even a “Lunch with the Registered Dietician” – free lunch for the first 20 people.

In the meantime, here are some nutrition rules to live by:

• Being healthy is a matter of making lifestyle changes you can live with, not just quick diets or tough boot camps.

• Make variety your goal instead of a focus on any one “superfood” or cure-all supplement.

• Focus on general wellness. A good night’s sleep and healthy stress relief help you to make better food choices throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you in the halls, on the sidewalk or in the cafe. Let’s do this. From day one – here we go!

Elizabeth Kellogg is a registered dietician at Community Medical Center’s Nutrition Services.