March is National Nutrition Month® | Tip: Food Waste

Throughout the month of March we have been covering topics on nutrition. According to National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. "Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018.

Nutrition Tip: Food Waste:

Each year, as much as 30% of the food supply is wasted. Instead of being part of this problem, we can be part of the solution. Billions of dollars per year and vital nutrients are wasted by letting food “go bad”. This month, see if you can make some simple changes in order to prevent food waste. Try to use up foods and ingredients you already have by searching for recipes that include these foods. Buy only the amount of food that can be eaten or frozen within a few days. Place foods that spoil quickly within sight. Get creative with leftovers by transforming meals into soups, salads, or sandwiches. Be mindful of portion sizes and take your leftovers home when dining out. Composting is another environmentally friendly way to reduce food waste. Be a part of the change during National Nutrition Month®!

Nutrition Services at SCMC:

Alyssa Thooft, RD, LD is a licensed and registered dietitian. She has been at SCMC for just under 4 years and continues to grow and expand her specialty. A dietitian is trained to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for prevention and treatment of disease through diet. A dietitian can develop an individualized plan for patients to help them reach their health goals. Alyssa is also certified as a lactation educator. Patients can be seen with or without a doctor’s referral and many insurance companies cover this service.

Alyssa is trained to assist with care of patients with the following conditions:

  • Overweight/Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Pre-diabetes

  • Cardiovascular Disorders (hypertension, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, CAD, etc.)

  • Food allergies (gluten, lactose, etc.)

  • Gestational Diabetes

  • Gastrointestinal Disease (Crohn’s, diverticulitis, IBS, etc.)

  • Pregnancy (excess/insufficient weight gain, hyperemesis gravidarum, etc.)

  • Breastfeeding

  • Hypothyroidism, PCOS

  • Iron deficiency anemia

  • Osteoporosis

  • Renal Failure and Kidney Transplant

  • Cancer, chemotherapy and radiation

  • Eating disorders

  • Malnutrition

  • Pediatric weight management

Alyssa’s Contact Information: 320-589-7623 (ext. 623) Email: