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National Nutrition Month: Savor the flavor of eating right

Andrea Jones, Lyster Army Health Clinic Chief of Nutrition Services, leads a healthy cooking demonstration last year in the clinic. Lyster brings the healthy cooking demonstration to the Fort Rucker commissary March 15 at 11 a.m. (Photo by Jenny Stripling)

Andrea Jones, Lyster Army Health Clinic Chief of Nutrition Services, leads a healthy cooking demonstration last year in the clinic. Lyster brings the healthy cooking demonstration to the Fort Rucker commissary March 15 at 11 a.m. (Photo by Jenny Stripling)

Published: March 10, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 10, 2016) -- As part of National Nutrition Month, Lyster Army Health Clinic will host many nutrition education and information events in March aimed at promoting the importance of informed food choices, and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.

This year’s theme is “Savor the flavor of eating right.” Eating right is an important part of feeling and looking your best. Also, healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools you have to reduce your risk of chronic disease.

“Good nutrition means a lot of things to people and food choices should be based on your energy needs. We think it’s important to understand appropriate portion sizes but also making things taste good,” said Andrea Jones, Lyster’s chief of nutrition.

“Here at Lyster we conduct classes for basic nutrition and exercise information for service members and families,” said Jones. “Please call us at 255-7986 for information on all classes we offer, to find one that is right for your needs.”

Lyster’s Nutrition Care Service kicked off National Nutrition Month by recognizing National Registered Dietician Day March 9, offering healthy snacks throughout the day for clinic visitors and employees.

Everyone is invited to visit the Fort Rucker Commissary March 15 as Lyster takes their cooking demonstration into the Fort Rucker community. Nutrition services will be on site at 11 a.m. whipping up a healthy meal, offering samples and recipe cards that people can take home and recreate for their families.

If you fancy yourself as a healthy cooking guru, or simply enjoy cooking, consider submitting your best recipe with Lyster up until March 31 for the Performance Triad Healthy Recipe Competition.

“The Top 10 recipes will receive a prize and be submitted to the Performance Triad Nutrition Lead, Office of the Surgeon General to be included in their publicly available recipe database,” said Capt. Angela Green, Lifespace Center chief. “The winner will receive a cookware set.”

For more details, contact Green in the Lyster Lifespace Center (beside the Coffee Zone) at Lyster Army Health Clinic, or call 255-7726.

For more information, resources and tools on healthy eating, contact your local dietitian or health care provider or visit www.Nutrition.gov and visit Lyster Army Health Clinic’s Facebook page and website for more information and tips for healthy eating throughout the entire year.

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