Before you let the month of March get away from you, be aware — March is National Nutrition Month. It gives you the opportunity to concentrate on buying better, preparing meals better and eating better. At the center of this month’s event is Malissa Sarver, dietician at King’s Daughters – Ohio.
To begin with, this will be the third year for the Scioto County Health Coalition to volunteer one day a week to help serve meals at the Salvation Army. KDMC will be there two days during the month of March.
On March 9, they conducted a grocery store tour at Aldi’s in Portsmouth.
“I met people at Aldi’s at 9:30 (a.m.), and the 10 participants I had each got an Aldi’s gift card to use on fruits and vegetables,” Sarver said. “They received information about how to start eating healthier, how to shop for healthier food, how to budget better in order to eat healthier, because a lot of people are worried, if I start eating healthier is it going to cost more?”’
The participants also received recipes and meal planning tips.
“That was a lot of fun,” Sarver said. “That’s actually one of my favorite things I’ve done so far.”
Sarver said one of the reasons this month is so important is the recent Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings in which Scioto County ranked near the bottom.
“Our community really lacks in fruits and vegetables and this was King’s Daughters way of trying to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables, and we kind of bleed in the Hippocrates quote of – “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.”
On Friday, KDMC had a Kroger ClickList session, which allows them to utilize an app or go to the Kroger website and do their grocery shopping. Sarver said people using that service can select the time they want to pick up their groceries. You can pull up to the drive-up window and their order is brought out to them. Kroger employees were at King’s Daughters to help instruct people on the use of the new service. They will do that program again on March 28.
“That’s a great program,” Sarver said. “It can help people who maybe have just had surgery or have mobility issues, or are older, or maybe compromised such as a person going through Chemo.”
“We’re wrapping up National Nutrition Month March 30 when the JDRF (Juvenile Diabets Research Foundation) is coming through,” Sarver said. “Portsmouth was one of the selected areas where they’re sending a research expert to talk about current technologies and research going on with Type 1 Diabetes. This isn’t just for the Type 1 community. It’s for teachers, school nurses, nurses in general who work in hospitals and urgent cares, ERs and things like that.”
KDMC also hosted their Third Annual Power Pack Cook Off to benefit the Steven Hunter Hope Fund.
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