March 9, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Healthy living is being emphasized with weekly activities for staff and visitors at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) even more than usual in March, to celebrate National Nutrition month. From a recipe contest adapting a healthier version of a classic recipe entree' to physical activity awareness, community involvement, well-being and environmental protection, the staff has many ways to be involved.
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, employees were encouraged to join in a fun activity of Jumping Jacks or safe stretches in the cafeterias of all MVHS campuses. This small yet fun activity raised awareness of how important and easy physical activity can be when made part of a daily routine.
The week of March 13 to March 17 has a theme of community involvement. Staff is encouraged to donate food to local food banks for neighbors in need. Bins will be in the cafeterias and needed items will be listed.
March 20 to March 24 has an environmental protection theme, with activities presented at each campus during lunch hours and March 27 to March 31 will emphasize well-being. Based on popular vote, the winning healthy recipe will be featured as an entrée special in all MVHS.
“This month is about planning your health for a better tomorrow. The month’s activities invite everyone to get involved and learn smart and easy ways to adopt healthier and sustainable lifestyles. We hope our staff and visitors will have fun with these events and have memorable take-aways that can be carried on to their families and friends,” said Krista Curtis, MVHS director of Clinical Nutrition.