DPH’s Registered Dietitians Encourage Employees to Make Better Choices for a Healthy Lifestyle

March 30, 2015

Want to know if good health and quality of life are in your future? No need to call a psychic or have your palm read; simply consult your nearest registered dietitian (RD) to discuss your eating pattern.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, there’s more to a healthy lifestyle than choosing to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. Although critical, it’s also essential to make informed food choices based on your individual health and nutrient needs. Therefore, an eating pattern that meets your needs, within calorie limits, is vital to maintaining good health and quality of life.

DPH employees housed at 2 Peachtree were able to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss their eating patterns at the “Ask the RD” event sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women’s, Infants and Children (WIC) in collaboration with DPH’s Worksite Wellness team.  

Hosted in observance of National Nutrition Month, two “Ask the RD” sessions were held and facilitated by Georgia WIC nutritionists Barbara Stahnke, MEd, RD,LD and Julianne Gaston, MPH, RD, LD.

In the one-on-one sessions, participants were able to have fundamental questions on healthy eating and nutrition answered. Additionally, individualized questions unique to those who attended the sessions were addressed. Keeping this year’s theme of National Nutrition Month, “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” at the forefront, the registered dietitians encouraged participants to make informed food decisions and develop sound eating and physical activity habits, all of which are critical to achieving ultimate health.

“This year’s National Nutrition Month theme ‘Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle’ fits perfectly with the mission of the WIC program,” said Barbara Stahnke, MEd, RD, LD, nutrition program specialist.  “WIC is all about taking a bite into a healthy lifestyle as evidenced by our healthy food options offered to participants of our program.”

The nutritious options offered by Georgia WIC food packages include low-fat milk, whole grains and cereal, legumes, peanut butter, fruits and vegetables.  These foods help about 279,000 Georgia WIC participants eat healthy and meet behavior goals set with their WIC nutritionists.  

Celebrated annually in March, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign. This year’s theme encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and exercising daily to reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

To learn more about the Georgia WIC program, contact your local WIC office or visit WIC.ga.gov

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