The Good Nurse
Good food means good living
Good food means good living. That’s what the Nutritional Education Center wants people to know. The NEC is part of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association’s Center for Exceptional Care, which opened its brand-new headquarters this April. The space provides nurse training, education, and a beautiful kitchen space where patients participate in hands-on training and learn the qualities of healthy eating and cooking.
Theresa Santoro, RVNA President and CEO, created the NEC to address nutritional aspects of patients’ lifestyles. Diet can influence a person’s likelihood of contracting a disease, or the severity of a disease. Meg Whitbeck, registered dietician, offers interactive classes and seminars for people of all ages in the NEC’s fully equipped kitchen space. The kitchen even features a large screen to make sure each member has a “front-row seat.” Classes range from nutrition for breastfeeding mothers to cooking for families and even college students.
Want to get involved? Take the Cholesterol Challenge, one of the upcoming workshops. Cholesterol, blood-pressure, and blood-sugar levels will be tested at the beginning and end of the program. Participants will be able to see how diet and exercise can create change, even over a short span of time.