Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 20, 2011

RUNNELLS Dietitians Promote “Eat Right with Color”

In honor of “National Nutrition Month® 2011,” the registered dietitians of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County emphasized the month’s theme “Eat Right with Color.”

National Nutrition Month® is the American Dietetic Association’s annual nutrition education and information campaign, promoted by RUNNELLS Department of Food & Nutrition Services.

“This year’s theme reminds us that a rainbow of foods provide a variety of nutrients, with a wide array of potential benefits,” said Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh. “Remember to choose an assortment of colors when you buy seasonal fruits and vegetables. Frozen or dried fruits and vegetables add to your choices year round,” Jalloh added.

RUNNELLS employs registered dietitians who have a college degree and some have also completed graduate level courses. Additionally they passed a national exam and received professional credentials, the RD (registered dietitian). Those who use the title of nutritionist often lack credentials from the American Dietetic Association.

“The registered dietitians of RUNNELLS monitor and tailor the diets of residents and patients,” added Freeholder Jalloh. “This ensures that everyone receives the needed nutrition and hydration. The well-balanced meals Food and Nutrition Services provides daily plays a vital role in overall health. Due to the excellence and importance of the registered dietitians’ work, the Union County Freeholders designated March as ‘National Nutrition Month®, in Union County.”

Anyone concerned about special dietary needs being met if they or their loved ones are cared for at RUNNELLS whether in long term, sub-acute or respite care may contact their assigned dietitian.

In Photo: Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh, liaison to RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital (seated, right) presents a resolution from the Freeholder Board to Rosemarie Fenchel, RD (registered dietitian), Chief Clinical Dietitian, Livingston. Looking on are: Laura, RD, Clinical Dietitian (left); Jessica Aspras, RD, Clinical Dietitian, North Bergen (second from left); Darlene Morrison, MS, RD, Clinical Dietitian, Somerville (third from left); Joan Wheeler, Administrator of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital (seated, left) and Garry Feuerberg, (DHCFA) Distinguished Health Care Foodservice Administrator, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. Not in Photo: Chyiru Lee, MA, RD, Clinical Dietitian, Livingston.

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