Eating Well: National Nutrition Month at Montereau

Eating Well: National Nutrition Month at Montereau

At Montereau, we love to gather around tables and share food that is flavorful and healthy. As we observe National Nutrition Month in March, we want to celebrate the many ways you can “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” This year’s theme focuses on how each bite, each meal, is an opportunity to savor delicious food at Montereau and do something good for your body and mind.

Focusing on good nutrition is essential for health and well-being. Consider these sobering statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Most Americans — about 90% — eat more sodium than is recommended.
  • Consumption of total fat increased from approximately 57 pounds in 1980 to 78 pounds in 2009 in the United States.
  • Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese.
  • Those who are obese have medical costs that are $1,429 more than those of normal weight on average (roughly 42% higher).

Healthy Eating Tips

The good news is we all can make small choices about nutrition each day that make a big difference to our health. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states, “Good nutrition doesn't have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative healthful effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction.” Here are a few tips from the Academy:

  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods each day.
  • Include healthful foods from all food groups.
  • Hydrate healthfully.
  • Practice portion control.
  • Take time to enjoy your food.

Some of the practical ways you can eat healthier each day are to reduce your sodium (pass on the salt!), fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, and choose whole grains and lean meats. For more support with your health goals, take advantage of Montereau’s Vitality Wellness Program.

Dining at Montereau

Additionally, our robust dining program offers so many opportunities to eat right, and our campus restaurants offer something exciting at every meal. We have invested in four brand new restaurants that offer expansive menus, skilled chefs, state-of-the-art cooking equipment, and upscale décor. From our casual bistro to continental and exquisite fine dining, everyone at Montereau enjoys breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktail hour. On-campus dining options include:

  • Café Mondial and Grand Riviera Lounge (continental dining with world cuisines)
  • Le Marché (quick and delicious bistro dishes)
  • Rue 6800 (exquisite fine dining with locally sourced ingredients)

Each restaurant offers daily specials and diverse choices. Resident input and fresh ingredients from our on-site gardens ensure you will find something tasty every day. So, make delicious and nutritious choices this month at Montereau. We are here for your good health!