Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

By Tara Smith

Welcome to “Healthy Eating and You,” a new every month column sponsored by Nutritious Rowan. 

Balanced Rowan is a team of associates from nonprofit and social service organizations county, metropolis and point out packages overall health care agencies county and municipal departments and additional. We do the job to teach, stimulate and generate alternatives for Rowan County citizens of all ages to get and stay balanced. Nutritious Rowan has led initiatives these as advertising and marketing the everyday mile in our elementary colleges, introducing “Exercise is Medicine” at wellbeing clinics, and collaborating on Wholesome Meals Pantry plans. The group of additional than 50 associates fulfill after a thirty day period.

Long run columns will be delivered by various company associates from Healthful Rowan. For everyone in search of data or methods for food items, please go to 

As a member company of Healthier Rowan, Foods on Wheels Rowan focuses on senior diet. It stays abreast of overall health traits in Rowan County and works to present meals that keep seniors wholesome. In 2015, our Rowan County wellness assessment cited 4 places of wellness exactly where Rowan County percentages exceeded the state common, which includes heart disease, diabetic issues, kidney disease and stroke. All 4 of these illnesses are relevant to weight problems and inadequate nutrition.

They are generally termed “lifestyle diseases” simply because they can be prevented, treated and reversed by means of life style variations. Citizens rated these ailments as regions of worry for our local community. The health evaluation illustrates that Rowan County citizens know our wellness troubles. So, the query is, “What are we carrying out about it?” 

When it comes to foodstuff and nourishment, hear to your physician, consult with a registered dietitian and educate on your own making use of neighborhood assets like the Rowan General public Library. And you can study this column every thirty day period to uncover out more about nourishment and healthy consuming. 

We know that wholesome feeding on can be hard for some and less difficult for others. Combined messages about what to take in or not take in can depart many folks baffled. You can make healthy taking in a minor less difficult by very carefully planning meals with overall health and diet as a leading priority, selecting less processed meals and focusing on one transform at a time.  

Vitamins in foodstuff participate in vital roles in the entire body, so eating various nutrient-dense foodstuff is an vital foundation for healthier taking in. Just one illustration is the Meals on Wheels meal template unique to portion measurements and types of foods offered to contributors. Every dwelling-sent meal is composed of: 

• 3-4 ounces entrée (protein) 

• Two greens, 3-4 ounces each individual 

• Two fruits, 3-4 ounces each 

• Just one grain, 1 – 1 and a fifty percent ounce each individual 

• 1 milk 

The every month menu cycle consists of many foods in every foodstuff group, contributing to a broader nutrient consumption. For case in point, rice, pasta and bread are all grains but are not equivalent in the vitamins and minerals they present. Assortment stops boredom from having the same food items every single day!  

Foods on Wheels Rowan also performs with its foodstuff service seller to guarantee that salt and sugar aren’t included to menu things. A registered dietitian delivers the nutrient evaluation for every single menu so that the meals meet up with condition and nationwide standards for proteins, greens, fruits, grains, dairy, sodium and body fat. The meal template for Meals on Wheels Rowan is just one instance for organizing a wholesome menu. 

Supplementing foods with nutritious treats, when required, is a terrific way to create and preserve healthier consuming behavior. Fruits and greens make fantastic snacks and provide heaps of wellbeing-marketing characteristics like nutritional fiber and anti-oxidants. Taking in distinctive hues of fruits and greens (imagine “rainbow”) will ensure various nutrients.  

Be certain to go over any dietary modifications with your health and fitness care supplier to properly handle any professional medical disorders you may have, these kinds of as diabetes, large blood pressure or coronary heart condition.  

Let us take charge of our nutrition and health in Rowan County! It’s never as well late to make healthy ingesting a priority! 

Tara Smith, RD, LDN, is a member of the Meals on Wheels Board of Administrators and visitor columnist.