Free Events Planned in Chestertown for National Nutrition Month


Mary King, center, registered dietitian and diabetes educator at UM SMC at Chestertown.

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health dietitians and diabetes educators have planned a series of events for National Nutrition Month® which is observed annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s campaign, “Go Further with Food,” focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing sound eating and physical activity habits, and also offers strategies to cut back on food waste.

“We are excited to help people in our region learn more about how to avoid health problems and maximize their quality of life through proper diet and nutrition,” says Katie Ewers, registered dietitian and nutrition associate manager for UM Shore Regional Health. “Simple changes in the way you shop for food and prepare meals and snacks can significantly reduce your risk – and your family’s risk — for chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The events we’re offering are designed to share nutrition information and dietary strategies that people of any age can employ to maintain their best health.”

“Food Shopping for Health” a free, guided grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 1 p.m., at Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue. The tour will be led by Mary King, registered dietitian, UM SMC at Chestertown.

King also will offer a free seminar, “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss,” on Wednesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the Conference Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. This presentation will focus on strategies to take off unwanted “winter pounds” as well as food choices and meal preparation that research indicates foster brain health.

To RSVP for either of these events, please contact Mary King, 410-778-7668, ext. 2295.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

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