Healthy Planet 2010: Nutrition

February 3, 2010

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Healthy eating provides the fuel the body needs to function. Good nutrition will help you feel your best and have plenty of energy. It also can help to prevent health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some types of cancer.

Learning new ways to eat that involve balance, variety and moderation is possible with many of the programs and information provided at Purdue from groups such as WorkLife Programs and Purdue Extension.

Nutrition consultations
The registered dietitians at WorkLife Programs offer free nutrition counseling. Individual appointments are available to those who are dealing with weight issues or medical restrictions, or those who simply want to optimize health through the foods they eat. Registered dietitians Karen Hosterman and Linda Monahan are available to meet with clients privately to discuss specific dietary needs and interests.  Request an appointment at a time convenient for you by filling out the secure nutrition questionnaire. More information also is available at 49-45461.

Nutrition classes
WorkLife Programs offers a variety of nutrition-related classes and programs throughout the year.

Offerings include:
* Weight Watchers at Work: For those looking either to achieve significant, long-term weight loss or just trying to shed a few pounds, Weight Watchers at Work can help effect a lifestyle change to assist with that goal. The next session begins Feb. 15.
* Power Up Your Immune Response: Did you know that many of the plants we eat make chemicals that protect them from bacteria and other microorganisms? And did you know that these same phytochemicals can protect us also? Discover which foods will enhance your immune system, and learn how to incorporate these health-boosters into your diet. The program is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Feb. 11.
* Sugar and Sugar Substitutes: There are 725,000 sugar crystals in each cube of sugar, but do you know how much is in your favorite food? Learn about the different types of sugar and how much is in certain foods, along with a discussion about sugar substitutes and their safety. The program will be held at12:05 pm March 24.

For a full schedule or to register for a program, visit

Purdue Extension

Purdue Extension provides education related to nutrition across the lifespan, from pregnancy through the golden years. The Extension Web site offers a list of nutrition programs offered throughout the state, downloadable publications, multimedia presentations and other Web resources.