Nutrition and Food Presentations

Add Flavor Without Adding Salt

Are you looking to lower how much salt you eat without losing the flavor? Learn from a registered dietitian how to use herbs and spices in place of salt as well as tips to choose lower sodium foods. Whether you want to eat healthier, lower your blood pressure or help someone who is, this class is a fun, interactive way to add flavor without the salt.

Added Sugar: What You Need to Know

Sugar is being added to our food and drinks, often times in very unlikely options. In fact, recent data indicates that around 75 percent of supermarket options contain added sugar. In this class you will learn how to outsmart the food industry with a newfound awareness of where added sugars are found and how they impact your health.

Basics of Eating Right: Eating Well for a Healthy Heart

This presentation covers the bare bones of eating well. This class touches on the foods we want to increase, as well as those we want to decrease, with healthy meal examples using the USDA MyPlate to boot.

Belly Fat and Tips for “Waist” Management

What is belly fat? Does fat located around our waistline pose a greater disease risk than fat on your thighs or arms? Can certain foods beat back belly fat? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we walk through the latest health advice for better “waist” management.

Brain Food: The Link Between Food and Memory

It is well known that what you eat affects your heart, but did you know it also affects your brain? Join a registered dietitian to learn more about the connection between healthy eating for your brain; and learn what foods feed and what foods harm the brain. 

DASH Diet: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Learn all about one of the healthiest ways of eating around the globe. The DASH diet emphasizes foods you’ve always been told to eat (fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy), while shunning those we’ve grown to love (calorie-and-fat-laden sweets and red meat). Join us as we get to know the DASH way of eating, and learn how we can make it work for you.

Dietary Fats: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A registered dietitian will guide you through the maze of dietary fats found in the foods you enjoy each and every day. Explore the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to dietary fats. We discuss how you can fit healthy fats into your own diet in an amount that is right for you.

Eating Well with Heart Failure

Part of managing heart failure well is choosing the right foods, but what does that look like? This class covers what foods to choose most; what foods to limit and how to make it all work in real life. 

Food Allergy Management and the Dietitian: How Does Nutrition Fit into the Mix?

Learn about the role a registered dietitian plays in food allergy management and why he or she is essential to your school or daycare’s health care team. We will also highlight the major eight food allergens, discussing key nutrients that may be missing as a result of such a dietary restriction; and how you can help ensure your little one is still receiving a well-balanced diet.

Food Safety Myth Busting: Is Your Kitchen Safe?

Each year over 48 million Americans develop a food borne illness. Learn how to prevent yourself or your customers from becoming a statistic with simple tips toward prevention as we follow your food from the grocery store to your plate.

Gluten-Free Foods: Friend or Fad?

Gluten-free foods are now appearing in restaurants, grocery stores and perhaps your own kitchen. As gluten-free awareness continues to build, you may be wondering exactly what this mysterious protein is, why it can be troublesome and how you can safely prepare gluten-free meals. Learn the answers to these questions and more as a registered dietitian discusses the gluten-free diet, reasons for following it and tips for creating a gluten-free kitchen in your own home. The next time you come across a gluten-free option, you will know if it’s right for you.

Gluten-Free Grains: Cooking and Dining on More Than White Rice

Most gluten-free diners are filling up on processed flours made from white rice and starches, ingredients typically stripped of any nutritional value. Join our registered dietitian to learn why it is important to swap out refined flours for gluten-free whole grains or whole ‘pseudo’ grains. Get to know what options are available, bust some myths surrounding carbs and protein, and acquire tips for cooking gluten-free healthily.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

As the cost of food continues to rise, can you still eat healthy without breaking the bank? Absolutely. Come learn how to make every dollar count at the grocery store, how to make a meal plan and know what foods give you the most nutrition at the lowest cost. 

Healthy Snacking

Learn what foods to choose throughout the day that will sustain, energize and nourish you. With the help of a registered dietitian, after this presentation you will be able to make creative and smart snacking choices to fuel your day. (Class may be geared toward young children or adults).

Intuitive Eating: How to Tune In to Your Natural Hunger and Fullness Cues

Many of us are not aware of true hunger and fullness cues and we eat more than our bodies actually need. “Intuitive” eating is designed to help you to get in touch with your body and mind, eating when you are hungry and stopping when full. Registered dietitians will help you recognize the difference between physical and emotional hunger and how to identify your hunger and fullness cues. Learn how to help put an end to dieting forever.

Keep the Holidays Healthy

With the excitement of holiday festivities comes sugary treats and indulgent dishes that seem to pop up everywhere you go. This can spell trouble and temptation for those trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, but don’t worry—it’s not necessary to completely stop eating your favorite dishes. Join our registered dietitian for her favorite tips and tricks to transform a fat and sugar-laden holiday season into a delicious and nutritious one.

Lingo Behind the Label: Tips for Reading Food Labels

Have you ever made a trip to the grocery store with the mission of stocking your cart with healthy options, only to give up after attempting to decipher the health jargon on the label? Join the crowd. Learn how to find the facts on the food or beverage label to help you shop and eat well.

Living Well, Mediterranean Style

Research continues to indicate that the Mediterranean lifestyle may be the key to reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases—and food plays a starring role. Thankfully, the foods (including avocados, nuts, beans, salmon and olive oil) taste great too. Join our registered dietitian as she guides you through 10 simple steps toward incorporating the rich flavors of the Mediterranean into your day—helping you to live well and eat better.

Meal Planning

If you are like many others, dinner time rolls around again, and all you can do is stare at the refrigerator wondering what to cook. Wouldn’t it be better to know what is for dinner every night, and better yet, have some nights when dinner is ready for you? It’s time to meal plan and it is so easy to do. Come learn how to meal plan so you can take the stress out of cooking. 

Menopause and Nutrition

Many women, as they progress through menopause, face the frustration of weight gain, hot flashes and moodiness. On top of that there are many confusing messages about what to eat and what not to eat during menopause. This presentation will cover nutrition recommendations during this stage in a woman’s life, plus discuss which foods can be helpful and which ones are just myths. 

More than a New Year’s Resolution

Tired of breaking your new year’s resolutions? This time, finally turn your good intentions into a permanent lifestyle. Join a registered dietitian and ignite your motivation to start eating healthy and exercising to help you succeed in your weight loss journey. Make this the year you move more, weigh less and start on the road to better health.

What's Your Why? Identifying Your Reasons to Eat Right and Move More

Did you ever wonder what is motivating you to make and break your intentions? Discover the “why” behind your choices and make this the year you finally turn your good intentions into a permanent, healthier lifestyle. Attend this presentation to explore the importance of positive self-talk, learn ways to sustain a healthy lifestyle and maximize positive health choices. Make this the year you reach your goals.

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Contact Information

Please call the Healthier Communities Professional Development and Training team at 616.391.3310 for more information or to schedule a presentation.