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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic celebrates National Nutrition Month

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March 19, 2018

Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help reduce food loss and waste. For National Nutrition Month® 2018, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to "Go Further with Food."

Dietitians at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic are joining the Academy in focusing nationwide attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month.

"While millions of Americans worry about how to feed their families, the amount of safe food wasted in the United States is on the rise," says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Cordialis Msora-Kasago. "By making small changes to the way we think about eating, we can help reduce food waste."

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic offers one of the country’s most progressive nutrition services models in primary care: one that supports same-day access through warm hand-offs with providers. Registered dietitians counsel patients of all ages who have nutrition-related conditions, and provide preventive education.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic dietitians work with patients to set their own health goals. Currently, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Nutrition Services team is working on preventive efforts at the clinics. This includes dietitians talking with patients and their families at well-child visits, new patient exams, new OB appointments, and even at sports physicals.

Registered dietitians working with the WIC program provide nutrition support for pregnant and post-partum moms, infants, and children up to age 5. An important goal of the WIC program is to help increase healthy pregnancies and deliveries. WIC also aims to get children developmentally ready for kindergarten through nutrition guidance.   

“Our dietitians agree, helping reduce food waste starts at the grocery store,” Nutrition Services Director Heather Elmore said.

Elmore added, keeping produce in your house is a necessity to a balanced plate. Here are a few shopping tips to keep your produce fresher, longer.

  • Only buy what you need since fresh produce has a limited shelf life.
  • At the grocery store, pick up your fresh produce at the end, after getting all non-perishable items.
  • Some produce imperfections are acceptable, but avoid any with excessive bruising or damage.

For more information and health tips, patients are encouraged to make an appointment today with a Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic registered dietitian. As part of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic offers patients visits with a registered dietitian free of charge.

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About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.com