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Did you eat your vegetables today?

Join us on Friday, April 8 to hear more from Joanna Bell, our Springmoor Dietitian. She will recap the Nutrition Series and share her thoughts on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Joanna Bell, Springmoor's Dietitian

Joanna Bell, Springmoor’s Dietitian

Lifestyle Change

No one likes to use the word diet. It’s making a lifestyle change that helps everyone enjoy the addition of more fruits and vegetables on your plate. Beginning to eat a smaller portion of your favorite foods then becomes very simple. Springmoor offers a variety of options when it comes to dining and exercising. There are places for a quick bite to eat or for white tablecloth seated-dining service. There is a convenience store that gives residents the option to prepare a meal in their apartment. And there are scheduled bus trips to all of the local grocery stores for larger shopping trips. There are over forty exercise opportunities each week too.

Kari Richie, Springmoor's Wellness Center Director

Kari Richie, Springmoor’s Wellness Center Director

Joanna and Kari

The staff at Springmoor is eager to help with your diet and exercise options. Joanna and Kari Richie, our Wellness Center Director, are happy to work with each resident to make a plan that fits their lifestyle. Dining options on our menus are marked with a “W” for wellness. Choosing from this list will be the first step in eating right. Making sure that you drink plenty of water each day is very important. Joanna recommends 6 to 8 glasses every day. Start counting today to see if you are getting enough!
Staying physically fit will also keep you healthy. Kari and the Wellness Center staff offers classes for multiple levels of ability. The water classes are an excellent exercise for building muscle strength and flexibility with less stress on your joints. The water provides the resistance while helping with joint pain and increasing your range of motion. Tai Chi and Yoga classes are low impact and also great for stretching your muscles. Of course, for those that want to get their heart pumping and the sweat flowing, there are aerobic classes also. Weights, elliptical machines and treadmills can keep your body moving too!

Nutrition Made Clear

Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month was celebrated in March. Our lecture series, Nutrition Made Clear, offered tips on making smart eating choices. This informative series will be recapped on Friday with Joanna in the North Village Auditorium. She will explain what a healthy eating pattern is and why it is important. She will share with us a list of foods and drinks that a healthy pattern includes and give us limits on some items. By identifying three ways to improve your eating style, you will be more knowledgeable when making your food selections.

Does your plate look like this?

Does your plate look like this?

Rate Your Plate

This quick questionnaire is a great way to show you where you need begin to make your changes. Joanna will explain how this works and offer resources for getting you on the right track. She will answer your questions and give you a few pocket-sized cards with helpful hints. Keeping these with you when faced with multiple options will make dining out or dining in, much easier!
The website gives us a perfect visual for the portion size of each food group on your plate. Vegetables should always be the largest portions on your plate. Protein and dairy are the smallest but still very important for your overall health. Eating meals with your family or friends instead of in front of the TV or while reading a book will help you enjoy your food and be mindful of what you are eating and how much.

Getting Started

The best way to do this is with a buddy! Join Joanna on Friday as she offers tips to stay motivated, read labels, make smart choices and enjoy a healthy lifestyle with your family.

Enjoy your fruit!

Enjoy your fruit…

10 FRUIT SNACKS under 100 calories

  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 small banana
  • ¾ cup of grapes
  • 1 small pear
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 2 cups watermelon cubes
  • 1 extra-large peach
  • ½ cup of orange juice

...and your vegetables!

…and your vegetables!

10 VEGGIE SNACKS under 100 calories

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Jicama sticks
  • Pepper strips
  • Sugar snap pea pods
  • Broccoli florets
  • Endive leaves
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini sticks

A great way to add water to your day

A great way to add water to your day

Even mild dehydration can make you feel tired. So get a glass of water or try these water-rich foods.

  • Lettuce 95%
  • Red tomatoes 94%
  • Watermelon 92%
  • Broccoli 91%
  • Grapefruit 91%
  • Milk 89%
  • Orange juice 88%
  • Carrots 87%
  • Apple 84%

From we offer these quick reminder lists. We look forward to seeing you on Friday or helping with your questions when you need to know which food is best or what exercise class fits you best. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables today!



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