Battle Creek VA Medical Center
March Towards Better Health This Month
March is National Nutrition Month and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is focused on promoting the development of healthy habits, no matter how small, for our nation’s Veterans. These habits help to ensure that our Veterans make a significant positive change in their current and ongoing health. Making good dietary choices combined with adequate physical activity can make a huge difference in a person’s health and our staff is ready to help educate and inform Veterans to take the first step to a healthier life this March and into the future.
Our Nutrition and Food Services team is composed of nine registered dietitians (RDs) at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, two RDs at the Wyoming Community Based Outpatient Clinic, and four additional RDs that focus on Home Based Primary Care throughout the region. They all, regardless of your location, will help you throughout your whole nutritional journey, bring you closer to your goals, and give you the skills to live a healthier future. For those Veterans that might have difficulty coming to one of our physical locations, services like VA Video Connect allow you to talk with our experts securely over the internet.
One nutritional program that was pioneered at our facility is the Culinary Health on Wheels Program or CHOW. This program, as part of the VA’s nationwide Healthy Training Kitchen program, offers you a chance to see live cooking demonstrations, be educated on healthy cooking, and enjoy samples of expertly prepared dishes from our dietitians. You may even learn about healthier ingredients that you have never tried before like flax seeds, pesto, and soy milk. The knowledge learned at CHOW events give you the ability to better manage your health including the management and prevention of conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
If you need help losing weight, the VA’s MOVE! Program can help you achieve your goals. The MOVE! Program is a weight management and health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. The program encourages healthy eating behavior, increases physical activity, and promotes even small weight losses. Its guidelines are easy to follow and based on the latest in nutrition science. With the help of the MOVE! Program team at the Battle Creek VA, you can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, and improve your quality of life. Contact our MOVE! Coordinator, Heather Stanley-Sutton, at (269) 223-5499 for more information about the program and to start your journey to better health.
Karen Maye, the Assistant Chief of the Nutrition and Food Service, encourages all Veterans to try out their services. “We have a dynamic team of dietitians that are nutrition experts, and we are very eager to provide nutritional care to support a healthy lifestyle for all Veterans. No matter where you are in the region, someone is there to reach out to you.”
For more information about any of our nutrition programs and services, get in touch with us at (269) 966-5600, ext. 35381 or (888) 214-1247, ext. 35381.
If you are interested in becoming a CHOW Cart Volunteer for our Veterans, please contact the Nutrition and Food Service at (269) 966-5600, ext. 35381.