Summit invites you to ‘Awaken Your Taste Buds’ for National Nutrition Month

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

CHAMBERSBURG — Summit Health invites community members during March to “Awaken Your Taste Buds” to the tantalizing flavors of healthy, mindful food choices during its month-long campaign to celebrate National Nutrition Month.

“This campaign is important because Summit Health is here for community members not only when they are sick, but to help guide them in caring for their health preventatively,” explained Vice President of Community Relations Barb Rossini.

Data indicates that sensible changes made to diet coupled with increased activity helps prevent a range of health issues, according to Dr. Pamela Bradford, who specializes in internal medicine at Summit Primary Care located on the third floor of Waynesboro Medical Office Building.

“Studies have shown that practical dietary changes have a significant impact on the prevention of diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke and some cancers.”

Registered Dietitian Barb Van Meerbeke said it isn't just an accident people feel better when they eat nutritious foods.

“When we eat nutrient-dense, whole foods like fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy and healthy fats, our bodies feel better and function better because these are the foods intended to fuel them,” she explained. “That's a great benefit in addition to lowered risk for disease.”

Summit Health has planned free events and initiatives for all ages as part of its “Awaken Your Taste Buds” campaign, including:

• Community Cooking Demonstration - Tuesday, March 15, Chambersburg Hospital Lecture Center, 112 N. Seventh St.

• Kids' Grocery Store Tour - 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, Giant Food Store, 925 Norland Ave.

• Nutritional assessments conducted by a registered dietitian with Summit Endocrinology.

The cooking demonstrations will include nutritious recipes that can be made on a budget of just $4 per day.

“Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive,” noted Julie Charnosky, registered dietitian and director of food and nutrition at Chambersburg Hospital. “You can make healthy choices and stay within your budget.”

Space for the cooking demonstrations and grocery store tour is limited so, early registration is advised. To register for either event or for a free nutritional assessment, visit:

The “Awaken Your Taste Buds” page also will feature a link to National Nutrition Month games and quizzes on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' website.

The “Awaken Your Taste Buds” campaign for National Nutrition Month was designed in response to Summit Health's 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, which identified nutrition as a critical area of need.

National Nutrition Month is an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information, visit: