Battle Creek VA Medical Center
March is National Nutrition Month
Happy National Nutrition Month! The VA's Whole Health model supports Veterans choosing their own goals. A VA dietitian can help use this approach to make progress towards your nutrition goals. On Thursday, March 13, 2019, the Battle Creek VA Medical Center dieticians hosted a Culinary Health on Wheels (Chow) event for Veterans at the Wyoming VA CBOC.
Founded in 2011, the Culinary Health on Wheels (CHOW) program began teaching Veterans the importance of healthy, “clean” foods, healthy eating habits, and proper food safety/awareness. What set CHOW apart from dietitian meetings was the hands-on approach. The program utilizes a culinary cart which essentially brings the kitchen to the patient. Breaking it down, CHOW is a cooking class that emphasizes fresh food and healthy living principles. Cooking classes greatly increase a Veteran’s chance to retain beneficial information. Usually two dietitian specialists lead a CHOW class. During a recent MOVE class, along with a recipe and cooking demonstration, our Veterans were engaged in open discussion with others about the importance of nutrition in weight loss as well as recovery, while motivating Veterans to apply new skills outside the classroom. Applying skills outside a classroom atmosphere enhances a veteran’s self-efficiency in the kitchen, allowing more freedom in food choice and opening a healthier food variety.
Maintaining simple, fresh recipes, that accommodate all areas of health and taste, drive patient satisfaction both in and out of the CHOW classroom. All recipes are just a few ingredients to establish basic knowledge of nutrition. By covering all nutrition components CHOW equips Veterans with a well-rounded understanding of nutrition and how maintaining proper nutrition works towards personal goals. Veterans see first-hand the impact food has on a recovery process and overall well-being through benefits of properly handling and preparing food.
To learn more about nutrition and health services, visit Battle Creek VA Medical Center Nutrition and Food Service