East Oregonian : E.O. (Pendleton, OR) 1888-current, March 16, 2018, Page 16, Image 16

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2801 St. Anthony Way,
Pendleton, OR
Christine Guenther, RD, LD
Diabetes Education
3001 St. Anthony Way
Pendleton, OR 97801
Medical Offi ce Building
Suite #120
541-278-3235
www.sahpendleton.org
St. Anthony Hospital's
Melissa Naff, RD, LD, CDE
Nutrition Services
nutrition and diabetes
3001 St. Anthony Way
services offer nutritional
Pendleton, OR 97801
counseling tailored to your
541-278-3249
needs, as well as diabetic
www.sahpendleton.org
education classes and healthy
eating classes.
Call Christine Guenther of nutrition services at 541-278-3235 or Melissa Naff at 541-278-3249
to fi nd out how our nutritional counseling services can help you.
THE VALUE OF EATING FRESH
Choosing food that are grown where you live can boost your health and your local economy.
Spring is right around the corner, and you can feel the promise of warm-weather produce in the eastern
Oregon air. Whether you are a fan of veggies like asparagus, carrots, and spinach or prefer juicy sweet
fruits like peaches and watermelon, you can fi nd what you crave at our local markets in Pendleton. As
an added bonus, the health benefi ts of eating these foods are also abundant.
Because your local farmers grow the produce nearby, you can pick up local fruits and veggies soon
after harvest, when fl avor and nutrients are in their prime. In contrast, out of season produce that is not
native to your area is typically ripened artifi cially, which can cause the taste to be a little bland and the
nutrient content to be less dense.
Eating fresh, local food is the best thing for you, “says Larry Blanc, CHI St. Anthony Hospital Director of
Communications/Foundation. “A diet high in fruits and vegetables is naturally low in fat and calories and
can help keep cells healthy while also reducing infl ammation.”
By eating local foods, you also run less risk of foodborne infections. When food has to travel long
distances to get from the farm to your plate, the chances of it becoming contaminated increase. Food
that is grown at a nearby organic farm is less likely to come into contact with dangerous chemicals and
toxins.
THE FINANCIAL FACTOR
When you choose food grown in your local area, you invest in your community. Specifi cally, you support
the individuals and families who make their livings in local industries, including farming, harvesting,
transportation, and retail. That’s a healthy habit we can all feel good about.
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Need a hand building better eating habits? CHI St. Anthony Hospital Nutrition Services can help. Visit
sahpendleton.org and select “Nutritional Counseling” from the “Services” menu or call Christine P.
Guenther, RD, LD, at 541-278-3235.