From Plate to Purpose: Aspirus Health recognizes National Nutrition Month


National Nutrition Month serves as a time to acknowledge the journey toward healthier eating habits. This year's theme, "Beyond the Table," encourages us to think about where our food comes from and how it affects our bodies.
"We want to know where our food is sourced from, how it's grown, and how it gets to our plate,” says Beth Cook, Aspirus Registered Dietitian. “By supporting local farmers and understanding our food's journey, we can make better choices for ourselves and the planet."
However, let's face it – eating healthily isn't always easy. Many people struggle to enjoy vegetables or find nutritious foods that fit in their budget. That’s where the role of the registered dietitian comes in. Cook helps patients find practical solutions, like adding vegetables to favorite dishes or trying new cooking methods.
Her top tip? Start small.
"Set realistic goals," she suggests. "Even adding an apple to your afternoon snack can make a big difference."
Making small changes gradually adds up and can significantly improve our health. Cook adds, “The benefits of healthy eating are huge – from lowering blood pressure to reducing the risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”
Cook acknowledges that navigating the world of healthy eating can be overwhelming, so she encourages people to take it one day at a time. "Be kind to yourself," she says. "And don't hesitate to reach out for support if you need it."
As we recognize National Nutrition Month, let's embrace the chance to nourish our bodies, listen to our cravings, and make choices that support our well-being.
If you're looking for help with your diet, start by talking to your primary care clinician. They can connect you with a registered dietitian in your area who can provide personalized guidance and support.