Grains was the topic of the latest “Commissary Thursdays” live video March 11 on the Munson Army Health Center Facebook page.
To celebrate National Nutrition Month, Marcy Sedwick, registered and licensed dietitian at MAHC, records a live video from the Fort Leavenworth Commissary focusing on one of the five food groups at noon every Thursday.
“We want to get the message out to help people learn how to eat healthy and think about the importance of making good choices,” Sedwick said.
In the latest session, Sedwick said the most nutritional grains, which should be 25 percent of a healthy plate, are found in items like 100 percent whole wheat bread, oatmeal, whole grain pasta and brown rice.
“These just have stronger fuel and better nutrition,” Sedwick said.
The less nutritional grains come in items like white bread and cookies where the grain is more refined.
“Refined grains are stripped down and have a loss in nutritional value,” Sedwick said. All “Commissary Thursdays” sessions are available on the MAHC Facebook page. The first week on March 5 covered fruits and vegetables. The final two sessions will cover dairy and protein.
Sedwick said in choosing items for each food group it is all about personalizing one’s plate to find what works best for each individual.
“Personalize it for your health needs. Personalize it for your taste buds,” Sedwick said. “The hope is just to get people to think and slow down and make good choices most of the time, to get their best nutrition in for their own health needs and to enjoy some delicious new foods. You have to eat every day anyway, so it’s just helping people to make good choices.”
For help setting up a more personalized nutrition plan, MAHC patrons, including active-duty service members, families and retirees, can call the Nutrition Clinic at 684-6523 to make an appointment.