Tip: Healthy Holiday Appetizers
Need more vegetables this holiday season? Try these Holiday Caprese Skewers and wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze. Click here to view recipes
Tip: Eat more Fruit and Vegetables
Need inspiration for incorparating more fruit and vegetables into you diet? Try the Stuffed Bell Peppers and Rainbow Fruit Salad recipes. Click here to view recipes
Tip: Get fit!
If you are overweight, losing just 5-10% of your body weight can help lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.
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Increase Your Fiber and Vegetable intake:
Watch Registered Dietitian Christie Rossick from the VA Pittsburgh making a green spinach smoothie on YouTube.The 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:
• Implementation of a "VHA Healthy Diet Guidelines" for the Veteran patients, which includes 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, lower sodium, fat, and cholesterol while promoting delicious recipes and meals;
• Promotion of 33 farmers markets at VAMCs across the country;
• Supporting an emerging trend to procure and serve locally grown produce in VAMCs including San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington DC, Clarksburg, and Martinsburg; and
• Implementation of Healthy Teaching Kitchens at select medical centers to teach the Veterans how to prepare simple, delicious, and nutritious meals.
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:
Healthy Teaching Kitchens Lead the Way to Healthy Cooking Skills
The Veterans Health Administration Nutrition Services are utilizing Healthy Teaching Kitchens (HTK) as a way to teach Veterans and their families how to select healthy food options and learn healthy cooking skills. The concept began in 2010 when the VA received a grant which provided funding for 8 Healthy Teaching Kitchens. The idea was inspired by the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) approach to providing nutrition education.
There are currently over 39 HTKs in the VA Healthcare System with many more planned throughout 2013. Eventually all VA facilities will provide opportunities for Veterans to learn that eating healthy can be easy, inexpensive, and enjoyable. To learn more about the HTKs please view the Healthy Teaching Kitchen PowerPoint or contact the Nutrition and Food Services Department at your VA.
Integrating Healthy Teaching Kitchens into VHA Nutrition Services Presentation (12/12)
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 new 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.