March is National Nutrition Month®
Food & Fitness: Build a Healthy Lifestyle

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physical inactivity and unhealthy eating are risk behaviors that have a critical impact on health. Together, they are responsible for at least 300,000 preventable deaths each year. Only tobacco use causes more preventable deaths in the United States. Read more at the Centers for Disease web site.

Take the Interactive Healthy Eating Index Dietary Assessment
After providing a day's worth of dietary information, you will receive a "score" on the overall quality of your diet for that day. This "score" looks at the types and amounts of food you ate as compared to those recommended by the Food Guide Pyramid. It also tells you how much total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium you have in your diet.

Check out the following Taos Area Resources
Nutrition Education/Information

Holy Cross Hospital
Diabetes Self Management Program
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Molly Bearden, dietitian, offers nutrition counseling, by physician referral, through Holy Cross Hospital's Diabetes Self Management and Medical Nutrition Therapy Programs

Taos-Picuris Indian  Health Center 758-4224 ext. 329

Taos County Extension Office 758-3982

Nutrition Supplement Programs

Food Commodity Distribution 1-800-648-7167
Bimonthly distribution of food items (canned, dried or frozen protein, vegetables & cereals)  to individuals or families who meet income guidelines March 19th distribution (site pending call Albuquerque number after March 12th for more information).

Food Stamps
Department of Human Services Income Support 758-8804

SHARE Food Program 776-5527
$30 worth of food for $16 (cash or Food Stamps) and 2 hours of volunteer service in the community. There is no limit to the number of shares each month. A typical food package contains 4 frozen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and staples. If you eat you qualify!

WIC (Women's Infants and Children Program)
Taos Public Health Office 758-1078

WIC provides nutrition information and counseling; supplemental food checks; breast feeding support;
and referral services to all eligible persons.

Yolanda Sanchez, Taos County Extension Office Nutrition Educator,and Susan Gonzales, WIC Program Manager for Northeast Colorado go over WIC program guidelines at Taos County Health Office.

Taos Pueblo Health and Community Services 758-7824

Congregate Meals for Seniors and Meals on Wheels
Nutritious noon meals for seniors. Donation requested
$1.00 for seniors and $3.00 for non-seniors
12:00 - 1:00 Monday through Friday except holidays

Richard Jeantet, Foster Grandparents Program, and LeeAnn Tafoya, Respite Care, pitch in to help with Meals on Wheels (click on image for more Ancianos pictures).

Taos Ancianos 758-4091
Questa Senior Center 586-0508
Amalia Senior Center 586-0071
Chamisal Senior Center 587-2778
Picuris Senior Citizens Program 587-2116
“Words of Encouragement from Armando Jaramillo
“I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago. My doctor put me on medication and referred me to Holy Cross Hospital Diabetes Self Management Program. I have been working with Susan Kargula R.N. and Molly Bearden, dietitian  to learn about changes I can make in my eating habits that will help me with my diabetes. I have been exercising by doing water aerobics at the Northside Fitness Center every weekday – faithfully!  I also include lots of fresh vegetables, salads and fruit in my diet. In fact, I'm having a salad for lunch today. I no longer need a medication to control my diabetes because of the healthy changes I have made in my life.”

Links to National Nutrition Resources

Tufts University Nutrition Navigator
Links to great web sites with nutrition information for the general public, women, kids, health practitioners

Ask NOAH About Nutrition
Links to health and nutrition web sites in English and Spanish

5 A Day
Dole web site with information on nutrition benefits of fruits and vegetables and tips for including fruits and vegetables in your diet. Fun site for kids.