In January 2017, with funds provided by HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation donors, Cindy Hartman, an HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital dietitian, rolled out the hospital’s first ever, completely free nutrition education series.  It was enthusiastically received by more than 50 members of the community who met for six consecutive Monday evenings to learn about food allergies and making better food/meal choices.  The summer session was rolled out in July and met for four consecutive Thursday evenings. It featured a food demo/tasting component each weekwith one session designed for kids ages 6-11.
The need for this education is overwhelming.  Currently, 50 percent of the adult population has diabetes or pre-diabetes, most of whom don’t know it. In 2020, it is projected that 80 percent of the US population will be overweight or obese —devastating on many levels.
“My goal in teaching these classes is to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease –
diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia – and obesity,” said Hartman. “I encourage eating a plant-based diet. I always tell my patients and participants that I’m not trying to turn them into vegetarians, but I AM trying to get them to eat more veggies, fruits, whole grains and beans!  As Hippocrates said, ‘Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.’”
A new nutrition series will begin on October 30. That evening, people will learn about the changes to the new 2018 Nutrition Facts label and how to strategize for healthier eating during the holidays in order to maintain a healthy weight.  Below are the planned topics for the nutrition series:
Nutrition Facts 2018 - October 30:  Understanding the 2018 Nutrition Facts label and using it to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Cooking for One (or Two) - November 6:  Eating on the Run and other challenges to maintaining a healthy diet.
Healthy & Safe Holiday Food Preparation - November 13:  Attendees for this class are asked to submit their favorite holiday recipes by November 6 to be ‘healthified’ by Cindy. Three recipes will be chosen for revision, and samples will be shared at this session. Food safety, including ‘best by’ and ‘sell by’ dates, will be discussed.
Managing a Healthy Weight Throughout the Holidays - November 20:  The holiday season is NOT the time to try to lose weight, but IS the time to be conscientious about the food choices we make.
For more information and to register for this series, contact Cindy Hartman, Registered Dietitian, at 618-651-2743 or email Inclement weather may cause classes to be re-scheduled.

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