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News: Centegra Health System recognizes National Nutrition Month

Centegra Health System continually encourages living a healthy lifestyle. Eat right, get plenty of exercise, drink a lot of water and get yearly wellness check-ups, to name a few. During the month of March, Centegra Health System and the American Dietetic Association are celebrating National Nutrition Month to provide additional information about eating right. This year’s theme is “Eat Right with Color.” Centegra’s registered dietitians will set up information booths throughout March at Centegra’s hospital cafeterias. Associates and visitors can pick up nutrition information about the benefits of eating colorful food, talk with a registered dietitian, enter a raffle to win a healthy cooking basket and enjoy complimentary fruit kabobs with yogurt dip.

Information booths will be set up at the following times and locations:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 4, Centegra Hospital – Woodstock
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 11, Centegra Hospital – McHenry
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 18, Centegra Specialty Hospital – Woodstock

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign held annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The American Dietetic Association’s mission is to promote optimal nutrition and well being for all people.”Many of Centegra’s team of 20 registered dietitians have advanced degrees, have earned specialty certifications, and are bilingual, which helps them provide individualized nutrition care to the community,”  said Tiffanie Young, Centegra’s Interim Clinical Nutrition Manager. “Centegra’s dietitians provide a variety of programs and individual consultations to help incorporate healthy nutrition habits into daily life.”

The services offered include:

  • Medical nutrition therapy is a service provided to patients admitted to the hospital or clients in the outpatient setting battling chronic or acute illness such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome or food allergies.
  • Cardiology nutrition services are group classes or individual consultations for those who are at risk or who already have heart disease.
  • Oncology nutrition services help cancer patients and cancer survivors manage the unique needs associated with the side effects of therapy and improving healing.
  • Diabetes Center provides individual consultations, group classes and support groups to assist patients in specifically managing diabetes related issues.
  • Weight-loss programs, lifestyle therapy programs, grocery store tours and nutrition lectures.

Trudy Thompson of Woodstock participated in Centegra’s Lifestyle Therapy program when she began to feel the effects of aging on her body.”I met one-on-one with a fitness professional that assisted me in determining a fitness plan suited to my unique needs, the dietitian furnished healthy food recipes and taught me portion size and the wellness coach inspired me to continue,”  said Thompson. “I can now say I have a Wellness for Life plan.” ”Trudy’s success is not unusual,”  said Young. “Our Bridge to Weight Loss program has lost more than 1,000 pounds collectively in the past four years. Patients with diabetes on average reduce their risks for myocardial infarction by 28 percent and kidney and eye complications by 44 percent.” On average, Centegra’s team of inpatient dietitians will see more than 4,000 patients a year and the team of outpatient dietitians will reach more than 3,000 patients a year.”Our dietitians provide nutrition education or nutrition support therapy with the most up-to-date, evidence-based practice,”  said Young.

Registered dietitians play a critical role in communities and are also nationally recognized for their food and nutrition expertise annually on Registered Dietician Day, being conducted this year on March 9. Registered dietitians are professionals that have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; an accredited supervised practicum and passed a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. They also must work toward completing continued education to maintain registry.

Centegra Health System honors registered dietitians for their advocacy and commitment to advance the nutritional status of our community.Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Primary Care centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community.

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