Go Further With Food: Celebrating National Nutrition Month

Posted on 2/22/2018 2:40:38 PM

Go further with food. National Nutrition Month 2018

March is National Nutrition Month, and, to celebrate, the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND), supported by the Department of Food and Nutrition, has organized several events to celebrate, including a smoothie sale, soup cook-off competition, and a program with a nationally known speaker.

Events begin March 6 with a smoothie sale from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside the Hadley Union Building fitness center. Spinach banana coconut smoothies will be offered for a $2 donation.

Members of the SAND National Nutrition Month Committee: chair Laura Alfieri and co-chairs Paige Finkenbinder and Kaleen WeikelThe second annual Crock-Pot Cook-Off will be held in the HUB Susquehanna room from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, and we need your help! This year’s Crock-Pot Cook-Off theme is SOUP.

If you would like to show off your cooking skills, make a crock pot of a soup that meets the requirements.

To compete, recipes must have at least one of the following whole grains:
quinoa, rice, rye, wild rice, teff, wheat, spelt, triticale, barley, buckwheat, bugar, amaranth, einkorn, farro, oats, millet, fonio, freekeh, kamut, kaniwa, or sorghum.

For more information or a registration form, persons should contact Laura Alfieri at l.r.alfieri@iup.edu. There will be prizes awarded to the winners! The cost of entry is $20 per team. A team can consist of one to five people. We encourage departmental teams, student organization teams, and teams of both faculty and students.

If cooking is not your forte, we could still use your help. For $2 you can come sample each soup during the event and vote for your favorite recipe. The winners will be announced at 4:45 p.m. so be sure to stop by before then so your vote can be counted and used to help decide the winners.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Indiana Food Co-Op, a local initiative to increase the availability of local, healthy food.

Thank you in advance for your help to make this event successful.

Caroline Passerrello, RDN, LDN, CLTThe final event for the month is a presentation by Caroline Passerrello on March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall. Her presentation, free and open to the community, is titled “Go Further with Food, not Fads!” The theme of National Nutrition Month is “Go Further with Food.”

A registered dietitian nutritionist, Passerrello is a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the owner of Caroline West, LLC, a consulting practice that specializes in developing strategic nutrition education programming and training for organizations. 

She is the recipient of the 2013 Progressive Grocers “Top Women In Grocery Award.” She worked as a clinical dietitian at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is a recurring guest lecturer and adjunct faculty for the various graduate nutrition programs at University of Pittsburgh in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She was named the 2012 Pennsylvania Emerging Dietetic Leader of the Year and was president of the Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015.

Photo Information: From left, members of the SAND National Nutrition Month Committee: chair Laura Alfieri and co-chairs Paige Finkenbinder and Kaleen Weikel