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    “Go Further with Food” Fort Carson Dietitian leads Commissary Tour

    Go Further with Food

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Brandon McIntosh | Soldiers assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and their families compare...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Brandon McIntosh 

    10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    In preparation for National Nutrition Month, Kelsey Bailey, a Tactical Performance Dietitian for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)’s Human Performance Training Facility, led Soldiers and family members on a tour of Fort Carson’s commissary on February 28th.

    This was Bailey’s ninth grocery store tour for service members and families of 10th Group. The tours emphasize the relationship between the education received at the HPTF and the real-life decisions made at the grocery store.

    “I feel like this type of education helps solidify how to look for healthy options, know how to read labels, price points, and marketing in the grocery store,” said Bailey.

    The group started by discussing the importance of having a plan for your grocery store trip. Preparing a detailed list is important but arranging that list in a way that allows you to quickly find the healthy options you need and avoid the temptations of less healthy options is helpful.

    “We are focusing this tour on optimizing your nutrition this month to gain knowledge on nutrition timing and amount throughout the day to provide the highest quality food to help you go further,” said Bailey.

    Afterward, the group took to the aisles, starting with the areas along the outer edge of the commissary as these are where the bulk of the fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and meats are kept before walking the middle aisles where the non-perishable goods are located.

    Throughout the tour, participants determined which foods to choose to keep them feeling full longer in order to avoid over eating or unneeded snacking, as well as knowing which nutrients will lead to a healthier you.
    Participants studied and compared nutrition labels on like items and a brief discussion was held to determine which items were healthier.

    “I always find that label/ingredient list reading and education is extremely helpful in recognizing serving sizes and what your food contains,” Bailey said. “From there, you have a better understanding of how to best time certain foods throughout the day and assess food quality.”

    What makes Bailey’s tours successful is the outreach to spouses and not just the servicemember.

    “You really are what you eat,” said Bethany Bushhouse. “Being a military spouse, it is important to know how to buy for family and for function.”

    According to Bailey, some tips to keep in mind for future trips to the grocery store are:

    Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.

    Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.

    Check with local farms for fresh produce. Those products will have more nutrients and will be more environmentally friendly because they are coming from nearby.

    For more information about National Nutrition Month and how to “Go Further with Food” contact 526-2273 to set an appointment with a registered dietitian.



    Date Taken: 02.28.2018
    Date Posted: 03.08.2018 16:50
    Story ID: 268694
    Location: FORT CARSON, CO, US 

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