Eat Better

Eating better doesn’t just mean eating less. It means eating smarter, too. The programs, tips and information below can help along the way.

Verdant Programs

Diabetes Prevention Program

Program funded: Beginning in 2018

Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know that they have it. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alarming. At the Verdant Health Commission, we want to help our community members identify if they are at risk of developing diabetes and find support to prevent or manage it.

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Heath Access Program for Underserved Communities

Chronic Kidney Disease Education & Prevention

Everyday Prevention Program

Program funded: January 2015 – December 2017, Renewed January 2018 – December 2020

How do non-English speakers access health and wellness education? For first-generation immigrants, the answer may be that they simply don’t. The Verdant Health Commission partnered with Korean Women’s Association to make it easier for Korean speakers to learn how to manage their health and navigate the health care system.

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Tips & Info

Keys to Success: Following the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is a plant-based diet that has been proven to create a healthy lifestyle, and decrease heart attack or stroke by 30%. This diet values culture, plant-based foods, and encourages physical activity. A great combo for success when wanting to change your diet!

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Nutrition Recipe Video: Healthy Sweet and Savory Dips

This video from our partner Sound Dietitians provides excellent recipes for healthy dips — both sweet and savory choices. We love that they include both delicious recipes and tips on why these strategies are healthy approaches. If you are working on making healthier food choices, it’s helpful to understand why these changes are good for you, making it easier to remember and put into practice. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Video: Sweet Truth About Sugar

Check out this video from our partner Sound Dietitians as it breaks down the realities of sugar, both natural and added, and provides realistic tips on adjustments to make to reduce your intake of added sugars.

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Nutrition Video: Healthier Holiday Menu Makeover

In this video, learn about holiday recipes and substitutions for seasonal favorites that reduce calories and/or fat without sacrificing flavor. Recipes featured in this video include hot pomegranate punch, roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes, and avocado chocolate pudding.

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Nutrition Video: Low-sodium Living

Verdant is launching nutrition education and cooking demonstration videos to provide access to the helpful and informative programs many of our residents have come to appreciate offered in person at the Verdant Community Wellness Center. While the wellness center remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 risks, we are now offering virtual opportunities for health and lifestyle education available. In this Low-sodium Living video, learn how to manage the sodium in your diet and why it matters.

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Enjoy this Mediterranean bean salad recipe

Mediterranean foods are typically high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, lean proteins like fish, healthy fats like olive oil, fresh herbs, and the occasional glass of red wine. It has also been the most widely researched style of eating and has shown to have heart health benefits.

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