March is National Nutrition Month - Celebrate Healthy Eating All Year Long!

Explore Nutrition with CHS LiveWELL

Go Further with Food Tips

  1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all food groups on a regular basis.
  2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  5. Continue to use good food safety practices.
  6. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  7. Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist (See Medical Nutrition Therapy). RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.


Healthy Food Environment

All teammates can help support a healthy food environment. Consider these new Atrium Health guidelines when planning to order food for your next event or before you request a Food Truck visit.

  1. Offer at least one serving of vegetables or fruit with every meal.
  2. Offer modest portion sizes. Large items, such as sandwiches and pizza, should be cut
    in small portions.
  3. Avoid serving fried food options.
  4. Provide whole grain options when offering grain foods such as bread, pasta and side
  5. Water is the best beverage choice. Carafes of water, rather than bottled water, is the
    green choice. If a sweetened beverage is offered, provide at least one non-caloric
  6. Consider fruit in place of traditional desserts. When offered, desserts should be small
  7. Provide vegetarian or vegan options if requested by attendees.
  1. Offer a side of steamed vegetables or fresh fruit if sides are an option.
  2. Serve modest portion sizes. Large items, such as sandwiches and pizza, can be cut
    in small portions if requested.
  3. Offer baked or grilled lean protein choices as an alternative to fried.
  4. Provide whole grain choices when offering grain foods such as bread, pasta and rice.
  5. Water and non-caloric beverages are a choice when beverages are served.
  6. Desserts should be small servings.
  7. Provide vegetarian or vegan options if requested.


Nutrition Month at Atrium Health 

Atrium Health Nutrition Month Activities

Wednesday, March 14 is Registered Dietitian Day – show appreciation to Atrium Health Dietitians!

Beginning March 4 visit these Atrium Health locations to learn about how to Go Further with Food, nutrition tips and enter prize drawings. Displays will be in each location’s cafeteria.

  • Week 1: March 4-10: Food Safety
  • Week 2: March 11-17: Seasonal Foods
  • March 14: Registered Dietitian Day!
  • Week 3: March 18-24: Minimizing Food waste
  • Week 4: March 25-31: Budget/smart shopping
Behavioral Health Charlotte Booth displays/Handouts all month
Behavioral Health Davidson Booth displays/Handouts all month
CMC Main Wednesdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Carolinas Rehab Main Tuesdays 11a.m. -1 p.m.
CHS Cleveland   Mondays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
CHS Kings Mountain   Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
CHS Lincoln   Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
CMC-Mercy   Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
CHS NorthEast  Wednesday, March 21, 11am-1pm.
Visit Café 920 for information and register for March 22 Grocery Store Tours.  
CHS Union  
CHS University   Wednesdays 12:30 -1:30 p.m. 
Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 


Check Out What These Atrium Health Executives Are Eating


Maureen Swick, Senior Vice President and System Nurse Executive gets her days started with fruit and yogurt.

Research shows that individuals who start their day with a healthy breakfast are less likely to be obese and suffer from chronic disease. Make breakfast a priority. Tell us what you are eating for breakfast on the LiveWELL Yammer page using #EatWELL.

Watch the LiveWELL Nutrition Breakfast Video


Ruth Krystopolski, Senior Vice President of Population Health serves up a healthy salad.

A salad can be as healthy as you make it. Salad dressing can add unknown calories to an otherwise healthy salad. Two capfuls or one tablespoon of salad dressing is a good serving size guideline. Try dipping your fork in the dressing before each bite to stretch your salad dressing even further. Share your salad ideas on the LiveWELL Yammer page using #EatWELL.



Ken Haynes, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer starts his days with a hearty breakfast.

Breakfast is one of the most important – and often rushed meals of the day. Consider preparing your breakfast the night before; make small changes from white to whole-wheat toast to rethink your breakfast. Small changes can make a big difference! Share your healthy food substitutes on the LiveWELL Yammer page using #EatWELL.

Consider ordering the LiveWELL Cookbook for more healthy eating ideas.


Dr. Matt Hanley, Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer uses food for fuel by eating healthy, energizing snacks.

Life can keep you busy. Eating on the run often leaves few, convenient healthy eating options. Keep healthy snacks with you for better nutrition. Avoid empty calories, such as chips, candy and soda that can leave you sluggish and cause spikes in blood sugar levels. Mindful snacking helps ensure you are recharging with the right type of foods. Share your healthy snack choices on the LiveWELL Yammer page using #EatWELL.


Nutrition Challenges 

Participate in a Nutrition Challenge and earn All in to Win entries.

Challenge Goal
Let’s Eat Real Minimum of 15 daily goals Calendar Tracker
Fruit and Vegetable Challenge Minimum of 15 daily goals Calendar Tracker
Meatless Meal Challenge Minimum of 12 daily goals Calendar Tracker

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A recent study says that people keeping a food diary six days a week lost about twice as much weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less (WebMD).

7 Day Food Journal

Learn about the FDA updates to Nutrition Labels


Healthy Eating Videos

Stock Your Kitchen to Make Fast and Healthy Meals (20:00)

Watch video by segments:

Visit the Weight Maintenance page for additional weight management resources.


Learn More About Medical Nutrition Therapy

CHS has Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists (RDN) available for outpatient visits to help you reduce your health risks through Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Teammates or family members who get an appropriate referral and are on the CHS LiveWELL Health Plan can meet with a dietitian at no cost. Medical Nutrition Therapy is available only at select CHS locations. 

Medical Nutrition Therapy Referral Details