The Nutrition Services area of the Marion County Public Health Department is known as the Community Nutrition Program and addresses the nutritional needs of the community through education about healthy eating habits.
Diet is often linked to several chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and some cancers. The nutrition staff work with the Chronic Disease department on programs such as ABC’s of Diabetes and Heart Alive. They also provide nutrition education and individual counseling to school base and adolescent clinics. Nutritionists provide information at various health fairs in the community and they are frequently asked to speak to a variety of groups on many different nutrition topics.
The 5-a-Day for Better Health Program is an elementary school curriculum that is very popular among students. This curriculum, developed by staff, has been used for several years to teach children about the importance of including fruits and vegetables in their diets through fun hands-on activities and an opportunity via “tasting parties” to try new foods. This curriculum is nationally recognized and used throughout the country.
Girls on the Run (GOTR) are an innovative program which was developed by a social worker in North Carolina. The program is aimed at 8-12 year old girls and involves training to run a one or 3.1 mile race with self-esteem and confidence development activities incorporated into warm-ups, training and cool-downs. District nutritionists collaborate with health educators, social workers and public health nurses to provide coaching to young girls interested in training for a run or walk. Other community organizations can receive training to sponsor a GOTR program by contacting the community nutrition program.
Nutritious, Heart-Healthy Recipes
|Nutrition Services Recipe 2015|