• Tucson VA food services overcomes challenges

    Despite the challenges of working in a mobile kitchen, Tucson VA Nutrition and Food Service staff kept a positive attitude focusing on teamwork and serving healthy meals to inpatient Veterans.

  • Fresh Focus #4: Healthy Plate Method – All About Fats

    Fat is one of our macronutrients (along with protein and carbohydrates), and it is an essential part of our intake. It has many functions within the body, including organ protection, providing fuel, coating nerve cells, making up organs (our brains are roughly 60% fat), making up cells (lipid bilayer), nutrient & phytochemical absorption, skin/hair/nail health, hormone balance, etc.

  • Fresh Focus #3: Healthy Plate Method – Grains & Starches

    Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Jackie Chisholm, gives her tips on how to replace processed grains with whole grains. We know carbohydrates are not created equal and Chisholm helps us sort that out in this episode of Fresh Focus.

  • Fresh Focus #2: Healthy Plate Method – Fill Your Plate with Color

    In this episode of Fresh Focus, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lauren Hocking encourages you to fill up your plate with colorful vegetables!

  • Serve Up Family Memories at the Table

    To ensure that your holidays are merry, here are some tips to help prevent foodborne illness from crashing your holiday or family party.

  • VA takes nutrition counseling out of the office and into the kitchen

    The Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) program has added an experiential learning option to complement traditional nutrition counseling visits. HTK is offered at 119 VA sites and has a presence in 48 states within the U.S.

  • The benefits of a vegetarian meal: Where’s the beef?

    Many people find that reducing their meat intake not only improves their health, but also helps their wallet, and reduces our dependency on farm-raised meats.

  • Clearing the cholesterol confusion

    Your VA dietitian can help you with lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol and your risk for heart disease. He or she can really help clear the confusion. Call your VA and request a visit with a Registered Dietitian today!

  • VA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist: Food fuels your mind!

    VA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) weighs in on the benefits of how healthy eating and activity patterns can enhance your mood and brain functions!

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