The health of America . . . 35.7% adults are obese1, 25.8 million adults and children have diabetes2, 19.8% of adults overKindred Embraces National Nutrition Month Through Education and Encouragement 65 years of age suffer from cardiac disease (coronary artery disease)3, and 12.5 million Americans have cancer4.  Is there a place for nutrition in today’s world?  I would say a resounding yes!!  With current changes in medical reimbursement and disease management, prevention has become a new focus.  Good nutrition and physical activity are the cornerstones to preventative medicine.  And who better to guide America back to health than the registered dietitian.

Each March, America celebrates National Nutrition Month®.  This year’s theme is Eat Right Every Way Every Day.  Dietitians are encouraging personalized healthy eating styles and recognizing that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns all impact individual food choices.  The registered dietitian plays a critical role in helping people Eat Right, Their Way, Every Day.

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Kindred Embraces National Nutrition Month Through Education and Encouragement mission of dedication to hope, healing, and recovery encompasses nutrition as a foundation for healing and recovery.   Over 375 registered dietitians and dietetic technicians work daily to provide adequate nutrition to meet the specific nutrition goals of each and every hospitalized patient, nursing center patient, assisted living resident, and home health care client.  With decreasing rehospitalization a focus for 2013, our registered dietitians are providing therapies and education to reverse malnutrition and promote recovery, thereby decreasing a patient’s risk for returning to the hospital or nursing center.

To all the dietitians working at Kindred, I thank you for your important contribution to helping our patients, residents, and clients improve their nutritional status and keep on the road of full recovery and improved quality of life.

By: Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC

Nutrition Services Clinical Consultant

Kindred Healthcare ● Hospital Division

References:

  1.  Center for Disease Control, 2011 Obesity Stat
  2. American Diabetes Association, 2010 Diabetes Stat
  3. Center for Disease Control, 2010 CAD Stat
  4. American Cancer Society, 2009 Cancer Stat

Kindred Embraces National Nutrition Month Through Education and Encouragement