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National Nutrition Month

Mahaska Health Partnership Recognizes National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and Mahaska Health Partnership is challenging you to create an environment where healthy food is always within your family’s reach.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” and encourages people to personalize their healthy eating plan no matter what their food preference, lifestyle or culture.

“Something I stress to my patients is that they need to make informed food choices,” shared MHP Registered Dietitian Lea Rice. “Developing eating and exercise habits that have actual proven results and healthy outcomes is a key to being successful.”

National Nutrition Month first began in 1973 as a week-long event but became a month-long observance in 1980. With growing public interested in a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, National Nutrition Month aims to refocus healthy eating goals and clear up any misconceptions about what it means to eat healthy.

“A lot of people think that eating healthy automatically means giving up their favorite foods,” explained Rice. “That’s not necessarily true. You can modify your recipes, portion size and your physical activity to ensure you create a healthy eating plan that fits your individual needs and isn’t too hard to stick to.”

With Oskaloosa recently being named a Blue Zones Demonstration Site and Governor Terry Brandstad’s Healthiest State Initiative underway, National Nutrition Month is a reminder of the ways we can become a healthier community, county, state and nation.

“There’s no better time than right now to modify your eating and exercise habits,” encouraged Rice. “The trick is to create a plan that is individualized to your specific needs, and before you know it you’ll be on your way to a becoming a healthier you.”

As a Registered Dietitian, Rice provides one-on-one consultation for patients to teach healthy eating habits. She works with patients of all ages and tailors her recommendations to your personal needs. “The same plan doesn’t work for each patient,” Rice explained. “Someone with diabetes requires different nutrition than a person trying to lose weight. I enjoy getting to know my patients and developing a personalized plan for each one.”

To schedule a consultation with Rice, call 641.672.3303.