March is National Nutrition Month and this year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food.” This includes choosing foods that are healthful to both you and to the environment. Shopping locally is a great way to add healthful foods to your meals, while conserving natural resources.
Take advantage of local farmers’ markets, including the Frostburg Winter Market being held the first and third Saturdays at Mountain City Traditional Arts from 10 am – 1 pm. The Allegany Farmers’ Markets will be resuming, beginning May 3rd in downtown Cumberland and May 4th in Frostburg at City Place. Check out their other locations and times on Facebook or their website: https://alleganymountainfresh.weebly.com/
Now is a great time to think about planting your own garden in your yard or in pots. There’s nothing as tasty as picking produce from your own back yard! And if you don’t have your own garden space, Western MD Health System has some community garden spaces. For more information about availability, contact Vicky Metty at 240-964-2303. Frostburg Grows also has community garden spaces. Contact them at (301) 687-3136.
WMHS Food and Nutrition Department is celebrating National Nutrition Month in the cafeteria. Beginning Monday, March 5th anyone purchasing a serving of fruit or vegetable in the cafeteria will get an entry for a drawing to win a themed basket at the end of each week. At the end of the month, all of the names will go back into a final drawing to win a Fitbit.
Aramark Dietetic Interns will share practical nutrition information ainteractive games in the WMHS dining room the following days:
March 14 – Full on Fiber
March 21 – Smart Sipping
March 27 – Herbs for Health
On March 11, the University of MD Extension (UME) and Frostburg Grows are sponsoring a Community Seed Exchange from 2-4 pm at City Place in Frostburg. For more information call UME at 301-724-3320.
Reducing food waste is another way to “Go Further with Food.” As a founding member of Further with Food Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to cutting food loss and waste in the United States in half by 2030.
For more information, visit www.furtherwithfood.org/resources.
For more information about National Nutrition Month, including articles, recipes, videos and educational resources, visit http://www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month.
For more information about local nutrition programs, contact Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, Outpatient Community Dietitian at WMHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-964-8416.
Be sure to visit the Western Maryland Health System's Facebook page to view many nutrition and exercise videos.
Happy National Nutrition Month! Eat well for better health!