Submitted to OnFocus – Developing a healthful eating pattern is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. The key is tailoring your favorite foods to meet your individual nutrient needs.
In honor of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and experts from Aspirus Health are focusing their attention on healthful eating. This year’s theme, Personalize Your Plate, promotes creating nutritious meals to meet individuals’ cultural and personal food preferences.
“Everyone’s approach to nutrition and health is different, and that’s the great part of life,” said Andrea Wagner, registered dietitian nutritionist at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids. “We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds, and tastes. That’s why we’re here to help tailor a healthful eating plan that is as special and unique as you are.”
During National Nutrition Month, people of all ages are encouraged to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits to follow all year long. Seeking the advice of a registered dietitian nutritionist is a great way to get started. They can help develop individualized eating and activity plans to meet your health goals, help fine-tune traditional recipes, provide alternative cooking methods and other healthful advice for incorporating family-favorite foods into everyday meals.
“America is a cultural melting pot, so you can’t expect everyone’s food choices to look the same,” said Jennifer Hanlon, director of food and nutrition services for Aspirus Riverview Hospital. “Eating can be a fun and unique experience. As supermarkets increasingly diversify their shelves to meet the needs of their customers, it’s becoming easier to create and sample nutritious meals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.”
Aspirus Health registered dietitians provide individual nutrition counseling at several locations, including Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point. To learn more, call the Aspirus Riverview Diabetes & Nutrition Center at 715.422.9287 or the Aspirus Stevens Point Clinic at 715.344.1600 or visit aspirus.org/nutrition-counseling
For more information about healthy eating, successful dieting, and more, visit the Aspirus website to tune into Aspirus Health Talk Podcasts and click on the podcast topic “Healthy Eating.”
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