Weight & Nutrition

March Is National Nutrition Month

Celebrate Atrium Health Dietitians on Wednesday, March 13 - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!

Nutrition Month Events

Visit CMC Main and CHS NorthEast to learn more about healthy food and beverage options:

CMC Main

  • Each week in March, look for Nutrition Month booths 
  • Events will include food and beverage samples:
    • Healthy Carbohydrates
    • Portion Size
    • Rethink your Drink

CHS NorthEast, Outside Café 920

  • March 13th, 11am – 1pm
  • Visit the Rethink Your Drink display. Event will include food and beverage samples
  • Attend to learn more about:
    • Healthy carbohydrates, portions sizes and beverages
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy referrals
    • Diabetes resources

Eat Healthy All Year Long!

Explore Nutrition with 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.


Medical Nutrition Therapy

Atrium Health 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 LiveWELL Health Plan can meet with a dietitian at no cost. Medical Nutrition Therapy is available only at select Atrium Health locations. 

Learn more about Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Atrium Health Executives Are Eating Healthy


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.


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.


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


Food Journal


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).



Visit the Weight Maintenance page for additional weight management resources.