Tip 1- Food is what fuels our bodies. One hour before exercising, fuel your exercise by eating carbohydrate foods such as fruit, bread, oatmeal, or granola bars. Chase Williams, Dietetic Intern, VAMC Lexington, KY
Tip 2- Stay hydrated by drinking water while exercising. Do not wait until you start sweating to begin hydrating. Chase Williams, Dietetic Intern, VAMC Lexington, KY
Tip 3- Don’t forget to replenish your body with a source of carbohydrate and protein to refuel your body and preserve muscle. Have a snack within 30 minutes of a workout. A common snack is an 8 oz. glass of low fat chocolate milk. Chase Williams, Dietetic Intern, VAMC Lexington, KY
Tip 4 - Regular soda has calories and sugar, making it a poor drink choice. Diet soda and diet drink mixes contain no calories and no sugar, making it a healthier choice than regular soda. Rebekah Colwell, Dietetic Intern, VAMC Lexington, KY Eat More Fruit and Vegetables Tip: Get fit!
Tip 5 - If you are overweight, losing just 5-10% of your body weight can help lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.
-Katie Berry Dietetic Intern, Lexington VAMC
Watch Registered Dietitian Christie Rossick from the VA Pittsburgh making a green spinach smoothie on YouTube. This food demonstration represents preparation in a homelike, not healthcare setting. Please be sure to practice safe food handling and hand washing when preparing meals and snacksThe Martinsburg VAMC Nutrition and Food Services is highlighted in the YouTube Video “Food as Medicine at the VA Medical Center.” The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC) recently released a six- minute You Tube video about the Martinsburg VAMC Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) local food program. The video content underscores how a government agency is supporting some of First Lady Michelle Obama’s causes: improved nutrition; health; and gardening. The majority of the NFS staff members at the Martinsburg VAMC, are Veterans who have worked hard to implement, develop, and sustain the use of locally grown fresh produce in their Veteran meal service. This program is representative of the larger VHA NFS progress toward healthy Veterans and communities including:
Whole Grains are a part of a Healthy DietGet the scoop on Whole Grains - VA Blog by Deborah Davis
Recipe Ideas for Incoporating Whole Grains
More information on Whole Grains
The VA has Registered Dietitians ready and willing to assist you with your nutrition and health concerns. Just ask!
VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) Healthy Living Messages:
Eat Wisely: Video
Be Physically Active: Video
Strive for a Healthy Weight: Video
Please see our new section on nutrition handouts. These handouts have been developed by Registered Dietitians at VHA medical centers throughout the country.Click here to see the handout section.
VA Nutrition and Food Service is Going Green...
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to assess how "green" your food service operation is? Would you like help developing a sustainable food service plan?
Learn more about the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) progressive programs for both preventive nutrition/wellness and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) at VA health care facilities and systems throughout the nation.
The following links are for Nutrition and Food Service Professionals and college graduates looking for an accredited Dietetic Internship Program.
Are you looking for a Dietetic Internship program? Learn about the various VA Dietetic Internship programs available.
We are always looking for qualified and motivated applicants to join our Nutrition and Food Service Team. Find resources and information about applying for these positions.