FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2009

CONTACT: M. “Peggy” Salisbury 908-771-5730;
Norma T. Sheld 908-771-5815

 

RUNNELLS Food & Nutrition Services Staff says “eatTM right”
during National Nutrition Month and always!

Members of RUNNELLS Department of Food & Nutrition Services at their popular annual National Nutrition Month® exhibit. Registered Dietitians: (rear row) Suellen Moore, Clinical Dietitian, Plainfield (left); Laura Minarck, Clinical Dietitian, New Providence (second from right) and Jessica Aspras, Clinical Dietitian, North Bergen (right). (front row) Chyiru Lee, MS (Master of Science), Clinical Dietitian, Livingston (left) and Rosemarie Fenchel, Chief Clinical Dietitian, (right) both of Livingston. Joining his staff was Garry Feuerberg, DHCFA (Distinguished Health Care Foodservice Administrator), Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Elizabeth.
Members of RUNNELLS Department of Food & Nutrition Services at their popular annual National Nutrition Month® exhibit. Registered Dietitians:  (rear row) Suellen Moore, Clinical Dietitian, Plainfield (left); Laura Minarck, Clinical Dietitian, New Providence (second from right) and Jessica Aspras, Clinical Dietitian, North Bergen (right). (front row) Chyiru Lee, MS (Master of Science), Clinical Dietitian, Livingston (left) and Rosemarie Fenchel, Chief Clinical Dietitian, (right) both of Livingston. Joining his staff was Garry Feuerberg, DHCFA (Distinguished Health Care Foodservice Administrator), Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Elizabeth.

The dietitians of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County were educating residents, patients, staff and visitors at the facility’s National Nutrition Month® exhibit in ways to improve their health through improved nutrition, weight management and physical activity. They offered samples of healthy substitutes for butter, guilt-free snacks and how to make popular items like banana bread with ingredients that give you good taste but lower fat.

Attendees at this popular event could have their weight taken and per cent body fat calculated; pick up tips to improve their health ranging from “Facts and Risk Factors of High Blood Pressure;” the “DASH Diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension;” the health benefits of numerous foods and “Portion Distortion,” the major increase in the size of food portions over 20 years ago.
“National Nutrition Month® is the American Dietetic Association’s annual nutrition education and information campaign, promoted by RUNNELLS Department of Food & Nutrition Services,” said Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes, liaison to RUNNELLS SpecializedHospital.  “The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.”

The members of Food & Nutrition Services at RUNNELLS endeavor to deliver the healthiest sources of nutrition for the residents and patients. RUNNELLS employs Registered Dietitians (RD) who have completed college or graduate level courses. They have also passed a national exam and received professional credentials (RD).  Those who call themselves nutritionists often lack credentials. Good nutrition is vital to everyone, especially the elderly. Proper nourishment can aid in the prevention of pressure ulcers. Additionally, it plays a significant role in inhibiting coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, as well as stroke, hypertension and osteoporosis. The on-going monitoring of patients and residents by staff dietitians ensures that patients and residents receive optimal nutrition and hydration. At RUNNELLS, specific diets are tailored to meet the needs of individual residents and patients daily.

“Make National Nutrition Month 2009 the time that you make healthy lifestyle changes that improve your quality and perhaps, your length of life,” added Freeholder Holmes.

Anyone concerned about special dietary needs being met if they or their loved ones are cared for at RUNNELLS whether in long term or sub-acute care may call the admissions office at
(908) 771-5901.

Note to editor:"National Nutrition Month®" is a federally registered service mark of the American Dietetic Association. To protect this mark, the "®" symbol should be used after the words "National Nutrition Month" to indicate its registration status.