March 11, 2015
by Brittany Banks

For 46 million Americans supported by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, providing balanced and nutritious meals is more difficult. People struggling with hunger do not have the means or access to get healthy foods easily.

Feeding America works with our network to provide resources, education and access to nutritious options so all of our clients can lead a healthy lifestyle. Many local food banks in our network have Registered Dietitians and nutrition experts on staff to help integrate nutrition elements into programming offered by the food bank.

This National Nutrition Month® and today being Registered Dietitians Day, a few of these experts from across the network have provided some simple tips that anyone can adopt to lead a more healthy life.

  • Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, TX - Jessica Morath, MS, RD, LD (Nutrition Services Director)
    • "Bite into a healthy lifestyle" by knowing what motivates, empowers and encourages you to make positive changes day in and day out. Get moving to the beat of your own drum and choose foods that support your health.
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank, GA - Janice Giddens (Nutrition and Wellness Program Manager)
    • “Look for easy, everyday ways to improve your health: find twenty minutes a day to take a walk and decrease your stress; include plant based, whole foods at meals whenever possible, and enjoy the cost savings and delicious flavors that simple, seasonal dishes can have."
  • Foodlink, Rochester, NY - Laura Sugarwala, RD (Nutrition Resource Manager)
    • “One day of batch cooking at home can save time. Cook soup, roast vegetables, and make a large salad and enjoy for the week!”
  • Foodlink. Rochester, NY - April Miller, RD, CPT (Community Nutrition Educator)
    • “Take time to experiment with different spices! The right combination of spices can bring life to simple low-cost meals, add savory flavors to fiber-filled plant based meals, and can help to keep the sodium content of a dish low!”
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Columbus, OH - Amy Headings (Director of Nutrition)
    • “Larger plates have been shown to result in larger portion sizes and a subsequent greater number of calories consumed.  By reducing your plate size by 2 inches – going from a 12” to a 10” diameter plate - would result in eating 22% fewer calories which would result in an average weight loss of about 18 pounds over the year for an average adult.  Who knew!?”
    • “Try to incorporate vegetables in unconventional ways.  For example, try putting a slice of tomato or a handful of spinach on a breakfast sandwich!”
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, CA - Erin Hansen, RDN (Community Nutrition Coordinator)
    • “Rather than focus on specific nutrients in foods or on food packaging, focus on whole foods like fruits and vegetables.  This will spare you the time and energy it takes to read labels and determine which foods are healthy in the grocery store.”
  • Lowcountry Food Bank, SC - Dana Mitchel (Nutrition Educator)
    • “Plan ahead and get a buddy.  A healthy lifestyle takes planning and accountability.”

Tags: Innovative Solutions to Hunger , Nutrition

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