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

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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Hail the benefits of fish

Being a nutrition professional often leads to questions about the most recent diet, the latest food trend, or the best meal plans. One common topic is fish! Should I eat fish? How much? And what type? Let’s take a look at the facts.

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Fresh summer recipes

The bounty of summer produce is still in full swing! Check out a ratatouille recipe to utilize those juicy garden tomatoes, plentiful zucchini, and fresh herbs. Mix up your staple grains with fluffy whole grain couscous and try making your own nutritious salad dressing.

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Improve Your Produce IQ: Bok Choy

Like some of the other cruciferous vegetables featured on this blog, bok choy does not taste or smell like cabbage when eaten or cooked. The leaves (especially of baby bok choy) are more delicate like lettuce, and the stalks are crispy like celery and have a light, peppery taste.

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Portions and servings: What’s the difference?

Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes the plate arrives and there’s enough food for two or even three people on it. Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a “normal” portion at home too. We call it portion distortion.

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