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Methodist Health celebrates National Nutrition Month® in March

Methodist Health celebrates National Nutrition Month® in March

image reads "go further with food national nutrition month 2018"National Nutrition Month® 2018, an annual celebration created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, will be recognized at Methodist Health in Henderson during the month of March in several ways.

A healthy special will be featured each Wednesday in March in the Methodist Health Cafeteria for $3.99.

Week 1, March 7 (Lunch): Grab and Go Salads (Choice of: apple/chicken salad, strawberry/chicken salad, and a Mexican salad)

Week 2, March 14 (Lunch): Reuben sandwiches with cabbage soup

Week 3, March 21 (Lunch): Wraps with a side (smashed avocado or sauerkraut salad)

Week 4, March 28 (Breakfast): Omelet Day - healthy choice omelet with fresh fruit or whole grain muffin

Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A food drive will also be held throughout the month to benefit Henderson Christian Community Outreach. Employees and others dining in the Cafeteria are asked to donate nonperishable food items. Each time they bring an item, they will be entered in a weekly drawing. Five names per week will be drawn for a $5 gift card to be used in the Hospital Cafeteria.

Suggested food items include boxed or canned juices, boxed macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cereal, canned or shelf stable vegetables, canned shelf stable fruit, jarred or canned spaghetti sauce and pasta.

The National Nutrition Month® campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Carol Gabbert, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Methodist Health, noted, “Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. This year’s theme, ‘Go Further with Food,’ encourages us to prepare your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance, which can also help to reduce food loss and waste.”