Bronson Battle Creek specialist to speak about nutrition

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December 16, 2013

Eating a balanced diet is essential for good health and wellbeing.  Good nutrition provides our bodies with the energy, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals to live, grow, and function properly.  When we don’t maintain that healthful diet we dramatically increase our risk of developing many diet-related diseases.


On Thursday, January 9, Amy Schneider RD, CDE, registered dietitian; health, certified diabetes educator; and health & wellness coach in the Bronson Battle Creek diabetes education department will talk at Burnham Brook Center about ‘New Year, New You.’  She will discuss how you can achieve portion control for a lifetime, how to work exercise into your daily routine, and you can set attainable goals for 2014 and beyond.   


The presentation, part of the Senior Health Partners’ ‘Aging Well’ series, will begin with a light lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by Schneider’s speech at noon.  Her one-hour talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free (800) 451-6310 or go to bronsonhealth.com/classes.


The New Year is a chance to begin anew and to think about where you would like to make changes.  Here are some noteworthy nutrition goals for 2014.



  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, especially above the recommended five-a-day.  These may help prevent certain health concerns like high blood pressure.

  • Change up your fat choices by choosing more healthy fats.  The average American needs more unsaturated fats (and less saturated fats) in their diet.

  • Pump up your protein by choosing more lean meats.  Not eating enough protein for older adults may lead to a loss of muscle over time. 

  • Experiment with different types of whole grains such wild rice (which is actually a seed), brown rice, oatmeal and whole oats, barley, whole rye, quinoa and bulgur. Snacks like popcorn or whole-wheat crackers still count, too!

  • Improve your culinary skills by finding new and healthy recipes (online or in a book), joining a cooking class or taking pointers from a chef-worthy friend. 

Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.