Healthy choices start with grocery cart

By Lea Johnson

21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — New Year’s resolutions about living a healthier lifestyle are not uncommon, but by this time each year, many of these resolutions have been forgotten and abandoned. March is National Nutrition Month and now is the perfect time to re-evaluate those goals or make new ones.

To start the month off on the right foot, the Health and Wellness Center is hosting tours at 9 a.m. March 1 at the commissary, with the last tour starting at 10 a.m. The event is free and everyone with base access is welcome.

Jessica Kovarik, HAWC dietician, said during the tour, groups will stop at different areas of the commissary to learn how to decode the mystery of what is healthy at the grocery store.

“We eat all the time. We’re constantly surrounded by food and we constantly have to make these decisions about what foods to purchase. It can be overwhelming sometimes to try to figure out what’s going to help you really meet your health goals,” she said.

When planning an event for National Nutrition Month, Kovarik said it only made sense to partner with the commissary. “The commissary is really the first stop to get those healthy choices and to start meeting the goals you set for yourself,” she said. “You have to get those healthy choices into your house.”

After the tours and throughout the month, educational materials will be placed in different sections of the store featuring a variety of tips and facts about having a healthy diet.

Kovarik hopes March will be a jumpstart for those looking to improve their health. “Just because we have National Nutrition Month doesn’t mean that after March we can lose focus,” she said.

The HAWC offers a variety of classes each month, including Heart Healthy, Diabetes, and Dominate Your Weight classes.

Individuals can also set up a one-on-one meeting with the HAWC and get more in-depth information regarding their own goals.

For more information, call 556-4292.

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