Nutrition Education at AWI

The Nutrition Education Program at The Arthritis and Wellness Institute has every aspect of education that someone needs to start leading a heart healthy lifestyle. As part of the eat category for the “Eat. Move. Relax.” campaign, nutrition education is vital to learning about what you eat and why you should or should not be eating it. The classes can cover a variety of topics, from how to refuel from workouts to learning how to read the food label at the grocery store and what to look for and why. Furthermore, guest speakers promote the new fads in the nutrition world, explaining what the newest methods of losing weight, gaining muscle, or just staying healthy.

Why nutrition education is important for everyone.

Whether we realize it or not, the way we eat and what we decide to put into our body matters. Nutrition has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. Our bodies are very complex and require specific nutrients to function properly. In fact, our bodies require six essential nutrients. This includes carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and water. These nutrients are found in the food we consume. Sometimes, however, the food we consume can be low in healthy nutrients and high in fat, sodium, sugar, and calories that often increase the risk of developing certain chronic diseases.

A good diet is key to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Because not all foods contain the six essential nutrients our bodies require, it is important to consume a variety of different foods in order to reach the daily-recommended intake of each food group. Eating well and being knowledgeable about food and nutrition can be very beneficial to your health. Being more aware of the type of food you consume can make a huge difference in the way your body performs. Eating right allows the body to replace, build and rebuild cells. Additionally, proper nutrition is essential in allowing the body to produce energy in order to carry out everyday functions such as movement and maintaining stable body temperature and blood pressure. Furthermore, eating right is helpful in building a strong immune system, which can be used to fight infections and diseases.

Proper nutrition accompanied with consistent exercise can be key to lowering the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, hypertension and even cancer. Bad nutrition can lead to low energy, obesity, and diabetes. It’s important to note that not eating right can also affect other aspects of our life, including our sleep cycle and even our mood. It’s important to take advantage of today’s resources and begin changing the way you eat. Reading labels, researching certain foods, and meeting with a dietitian are a step in the right direction.

Individual and group nutrition education

  • Participate in weekly nutrition classes
  • Enjoy cooking demonstrations and sample a variety of healthy foods