Bethlehem, PA submitted by Susan O’Donnell, RDN For National Nutrition Month, St. Luke’s University Health Network.
The dietitians at St. Luke’s University Health Network created an email address “AskTheDietitian,” for hospital employees to email nutrition related questions during NNM. This email access is an additional avenue for employees to access clinical nutrition resources and assisted in marketing the St. Luke’s SIPS program – healthier beverage program being offered as part of their wellness initiatives. Excitement has been stirred up around AskTheDietitan questions and employees enjoyed having personal access to our Nutrition Experts.
Other events included, RDNs promotion of Sodexo’s app, BITE, using promotional materials and hands on navigation while offering samples of infused water. The BITE app lets the customer know what’s on the menu and provides complete nutritional information of menu items. Retail customers were asked to step up and sample Tucson White Bean Salad to promote whole grain food offerings to consumers. Multiple lectures and presentations were held by the RDs and dietetic Interns including topics discussing Vegetarian Diets, Nutrition & COPD, Stress & Nutrition, Nutrient Dense Foods, Food Waste, Probiotics, Diabetes Self-Management Programs, and Healthy Breakfast options. The clinical nutrition staff enjoyed a delicious breakfast on National Dietitian Day hosted by the Network’s Clinical Nutrition Manager to celebrate their accomplishments over the past year. All activities were conducted across seven hospitals of St. Luke’s University Health Network.
Indiana, PA submitted by Pao Ying Hsiao PhD, MS, RD, LDN & Andrea Marshall, SAND Secretary and senior Dietetics student on behalf of the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
Each year for National Nutrition Month, SAND hosts 3 events to celebrate and raise Nutrition awareness for the campus & community. We kicked off March with our annual green smoothie sale. This year’s flavor was a banana-coconut smoothie made with 1 medium banana, 1 handful of spinach, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 cup of unsweetened soy milk, and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Smoothies were sold for $2 outside of the campus gym and sold out! SAND also hosted the 2nd annual Crockpot cook-off. This event was created last year and due to its success, it has been made into an annual event. Student and community teams were challenged to create a soup that includes at least 1 whole grain ingredient. The challenge ingredient was their way of bringing a nutritional twist into this fun and tasty competition. Proceeds from the event were given to the local food co-op. To wrap up National Nutrition Month, they had Ms. Caroline Passerrello, RDN, LDN, CLT as a speaker to educate IUP students and the community about how to “Go Further with Food, not Fads!”
Langhorne, PA submitted by Julie Cannan-Siegle, MS, RD, LDN For National Nutrition Month, St. Mary Medical Center.
The RDNs at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA asked for non-perishable food items during National Nutrition Month. In return, colleagues gained an entry into the nutrition March Madness contest and voted for their favorite vitamin or mineral! Vitamins and minerals were assigned to college basketball teams and those who selected the winner were entered for a chance to win Blue Apron meals! All food collected was donated to the St. Mary Children’s Health Center and the Mother Bachmann Maternity Center. The clinical team helped load the St. Mary Community Van with all food donated. Educational information was available on all 32 vitamins and minerals in the playoff! A nutrition quiz was created and offered on the St. Mary Intranet so all offsite colleagues could participate and CSO food boxes were given as gifts! Patients received vitamin and mineral nutrition education during a one-week education blitz on their meal trays! Two meal specials were prepared by Chef Steve Samson and presented for colleagues which included a Black Bean and Quinoa Chipotle Steak Salad and another prepared to order item, Pan Seared Shrimp with Walnut and Herb Gremolata.
Meadville, PA, Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN, spoke on a food panel on Wednesday, March 14, at the annual SXSW® conference in Austin, Texas. The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. SXSW® dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, it’s best known for being a celebration of the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW® now includes a conference with topics that include music production, film, technology, robotics, food, environment and social culture. The food topic panel, scheduled on RDN Day, allowed Rosanne an opportunity to give a shout out to National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian Day, as she answered questions about how food package labeling can sometimes mislead consumers as they choose foods at the grocery store. The panel specifically focused on absence-claims (gluten free, GMO free, sugar free, etc), and how they may misguide consumer purchasing, resulting in unintended nutrition losses. SXSW proved that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. Engaging in opportunities to speak outside of typical nutrition conferences can help build recognition for the profession as whole, making every day RDN Day!
Monroeville, PA submitted by Danielle Lee, MBA, RD, LDN For National Nutrition Month, Forbes Hospital of Allegheny Health Network.
The team at Forbes Hospital have done many exciting things for NNM. They have displayed a Smart Pick everyday in the cafeteria with established heart healthy guidelines. The healthy recipes were posted in the cafeteria.
The dietitians asked the marketing team to promote RDN day and the NNM activities on the intranet page for the hospital staff. They added “nutrition nuggets” to their daily menu line. Here, callers would learn a nutrition tip in addition to the daily food options throughout the month of March.
All the RDNs/NDTRs received a certificate of Appreciate on RDN day. A looping power point presentation showcased the dietitian’s bio, floors covered, and photograph. Also shared on the cafeteria TV monitor was was a personal blurb on each Nutrition team member for RDN day, 3/14/18.
The Food and Nutrition Department also set up separate weekly displays outside the cafeteria on various topics such as portion distortion, dinner plate history, fat content in various grocery store items, whole grain snacks with coupons and samples.
They created a Shamrock Protein Shake on 3/16 in honor of St. Patty’s day.
They passed out seeds on the first day of spring and hosted a bean count and giveaway. General Mills provided the seedlings as part of the #bringbackthebees honey nut cheerios program.
The VP of Operations sent the Dietitians individual thank you emails to show their appreciation to the clinical team.
NEPAND National Nutrition Month Event, submitted by NEPAND President Margaret Brittain, RDN, LDN
NEPAND members celebrated National Nutrition Month by holding a Career Paths Panel on March 22nd.
Philadelphia, PA submitted by EJ Otto Foodservice Manager with Aramark Higher Education in Philadelphia, PA.
EJ Otto reached out to Philadelphia’s Mayor, Jim Kenney, and Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf to declare March 2018 National Nutrition Month at both the municipal and state levels. This is the 3rd year EJ was able to use his voice to express the importance of National Nutrition Month in legislation. Mayor Kenney declared NNM in Philadelphia for the 3rd year.
An official request on behalf of PAND was also submitted to Governor Wolf by State Policy Representative, Jule Ann Henstenburg. Both EJ and Jule Ann received a copy of the proclamation.