Good Nutrition is a Year Long Focus at Christian Health Care Center

Pictured from left: Barbara Lucia, RN, BSN, LTC-SS, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Employee Health Nurse, and Joan Katz, RD, LNHA, CHCC Chief Dietitian, at the recent Hawthorne Health Fair.

Pictured from left: Barbara Lucia, RN, BSN, LTC-SS, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Employee Health Nurse, and Joan Katz, RD, LNHA, CHCC Chief Dietitian, at the recent Hawthorne Health Fair.

Initiated in 1973 as a weeklong event, National Nutrition Week became a month long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. This education and information initiative is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which designated this year’s theme as, “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” Food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns all affect our food choices.

The Food and Nutrition Services Department (FANS) at Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff strives to communicate healthy-eating messages that emphasize a balance of food and beverages.  To this end, it is the total diet that is the most important focus of healthy eating. Most favorite foods can fit within this pattern, if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with physical activity.

“FANS is committed to providing a variety of foods that make up balanced meals for our residents/patients/clients, as well as our CHCC staff members,” said Paul Kreger, FANS Director. “And our registered dietitians are committed to providing comprehensive nutritional guidance that fits within lifestyle and health-care parameters.”

Registered dietitians translate nutrition science into practical and applicable ways for people to bring nutritious foods into their daily lives. It is our role to discern between fact and fiction and give people the tools to make realistic eating behavior changes.

“We want to focus attention on the importance of making informed food and nutrition choices and developing sound eating and physical-activity habits,” said Joan Katz, RD, FANS Chief Dietitian.

CHCC’s registered dietitians lead a number of educational sessions for our patients, residents, clients, and consumers, including monthly Post-acute Care Unit Nutrition Notes, Christian Health Care Adult Day Services of Wayne and Wyckoff; Longview Healthy Living Club; and Nutrition Groups for Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital and the Ramapo Ridge Partial Program. They also provide a number of staff education opportunities.

In addition, Ms. Katz participates in a large number of speaking engagements in the community, including senior centers in Fair Lawn, Haworth, Midland Park, and Hawthorne; Parkinson’s Support Group; YJCC of Washington Township; area churches and synagogues; and Montclair State University undergraduate dietetic program. Most recently, Ms. Katz, along with Barbara Lucia, RN, BSN, CHCC Employee Health Nurse, participated in the Hawthorne Health Fair and offered information about good nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Eating right is essential to keeping your body running at its best. During National Nutrition Month and throughout the year, the CHCC registered dietitians encourage you to build an eating plan with your unique lifestyle and nutritional needs in mind. So no matter who you are and what you do, it’s important to make good nutrition a priority.

If you would like a speaker to address the subject of nutrition at your organization’s next meeting or event, CHCC has a Speakers Bureau with a wealth of professionals that can address a wide variety of topics. For more information, call Karen Hockstein at (201) 848-4423 or email

CHCC provides a broad continuum of high-quality, compassionate care, offering superior senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health services. As a non-profit organization, we deliver care to our community based upon the Christian principles on which we were founded more than a century ago.

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