Fresh Focus is a podcast run by registered dietitian nutritionists at the Marion VA and who collaborate with dietitians nationwide. In these episodes, we learn more about National Nutrition Month.

Fresh Focus episode #55: What is National Nutrition Month?

March is National Nutrition Month and is a chance to celebrate eating healthy. National registered dietitian nutritionist day is also in March and is a chance to showcase dietitians as the food and nutrition experts. Each year we celebrate with a new theme and for 2022 the theme is “Celebrate a world of Flavors.”

This year’s theme means diversifying our food choices and being open to new flavors, cuisines and eating experiences.

It is possible to take what we like from different global dietary patterns and incorporate them into our lives in healthy, individualized ways. We can still have our own personal likes and dislikes while taking what we enjoy from different dietary perspectives.

In episode #55, dietitian nutritionist Sara Peidle breaks down the benefits of choosing foods from all corners of the globe.

Fresh Focus episode #56: Ask the dietitian

Have you ever seen a VA dietitian? If not, you might be wondering what to ask once you are in the office. From what’s the best way to lose weight, what to eat when away from our homes, to how much sodium is too much are daily conversations in our specialty.

Bethany, a registered dietitian nutritionist from the Louis A Johnson VA , joins Fresh Focus on episode #56 where she answers the most common questions she gets asked by Veterans and their family members.

Fresh Focus episode #57: Digesting nutrition from social media

It’s common to see misinformation about nutrition. Science is complicated and scientific research can be difficult to critically evaluate. Especially for nutrition, many aspects of the wellness industry are unregulated, such as supplements and supplement companies.

With all the confusing nutrition information out there, how do we know which experts to trust or how to tell a credible source from a non-credible source?

VA dietitian nutritionist Erin Gobeille in Fresh Focus episode #57 reminds us that a good place to start is information written by experts in the field. Check for authors with the M.D., Ph.D., or RD/RDN credentials. Look at the author’s qualifications. Ideally they should be educated in the field of nutrition and dietetics and preferably hold a degree from accredited university, such as a registered dietitian.

You can also check to see if they belong to a credible nutrition organization like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

By Fresh Focus is a team of registered dietitian nutritionists at the Marion VA collaborating with dietitians nationwide

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Published on Mar. 12, 2022

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  1. Nathan R Adams March 15, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    To whom it may concern….
    My initial VA care was started at White River where they found my Type II Diabetes and also had a minor hernia operation. I was very happy with my care at that facility. I then moved to south Florida where my care was continued at both the James Haley and Bay Pines and my care at both has also been excellent.
    Once the pandemic struck, the Whole Health program started to get heavy into having Video Chats with the different providers, and I have enjoyed that immensely. One of the Whole Health nurses holds a chat room with about 10-12 veterans every Monday and Friday mornings and I was wondering if the White River provides such a service? The veterans in the group are pre-selected mostly by age, and I am of course a Geriatic. The chat is like a social hour, and the nurse will provide basic aerobic exercising for 20-30 minutes, and she would then chat with each veteran as to how their week is going, and what their plans are for the following days. It is immensely valuable as it gives us a chance to communicate within our peer group,….Veterans.
    I am thinking of moving back to Vermont, perhaps by the end of this year and would like to know what kind of services are provided to those who may be house-bound, etc? I have hopes of moving back to the Chester area, my hometown area. Thank you for any assistance. I am now 82 and live alone…..

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