KMC observes Air Force Nutrition Month

by Airman 1st Class Tony R. Ritter
435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” As early as 400 B.C., nutrition has been identified as a key element to good health and wellness.

In the KMC, good nutrition is the standard – expected of all members with a responsibility to be physically fit, healthy and mission ready.

March is Air Force Nutrition Month and the KMC is celebrating with an agenda loaded with a commissary tour, expert nutritional consultations and a myriad of free classes ranging from basic nutrition and weight loss, to prenatal nutrition, cholesterol and blood pressure management.

On March 6 there was a dietician-led tour of the commissary explaining shopping strategies and identifying healthier choices, said Juan Rodriguez, Ramstein Commissary deputy director. In addition, the commissary will be offering specials on produce each weekend in March.

The Health and Wellness Center is spearheading this month’s nutrition conscious agenda by offering personalized consulting and classes open to the public.
“We’ll offer appointments for inspections of unit snack bars,” said 2nd Lt. Philip Menagh, 435th HAWC nutrition program manager. “A HAWC representative will come out, take a look at the unit’s snack bars and then give recommendations for providing healthier options.”

“There will also be a six-week session beginning March 18 at the HAWC, educating and providing guidance to overweight children and their families on the possibilities of losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition,” Lieutenant Menagh said.

And while it’s the responsibility of every Airman to stay mission ready by being in good health and staying physically fit, attaining these goals can be made easier with the help of such agencies as the HAWC.

For more information regarding class schedules, appointments, upcoming events or general nutrition questions, call the HAWC at 480-4292.