March is National Nutrition Month® | Tip: Portion Control

Throughout the month of March we have been covering topics on nutrition, today is the last tip- but hopefully we have provided you with the tools to make great choices and mayebe you learned something new! 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: Portion Control

92% of people finish everything on their plate. To help with portion control use a smaller plate and only put the right-sized portion of foods on it. No matter what your health goals are, eating a balanced diet is typically the best way to go. USDA’s MyPlate encourages us to have half of our plate be fruits and vegetables. The rest of the meal should come from wholesome grains, protein, and dairy products. This can be a good visual for balancing your meals.   

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: