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“Put Your Best Fork Forward” at Events Sponsored by NCRC Partners

March 02, 2017


Programs offered by experts at the NC Research Campus help people “Put their Best Fork Forward” in March during National Nutrition Month.

Kannapolis, NC – “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month celebration. Sponsored annually in March by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s theme is designed to encourage people to adopt “small changes” in their eating habits that will lead to better health. Experts located on the North Carolina Research Campus are ready to help.

They are offering classes and seminars throughout the month focused on making healthy food choices. They are also giving away healthy recipes, holding cooking demonstrations and leading grocery store tours.

UNC Nutrition Research Institute Appetite for Life 

JWU chef shares a healthy dish.

On March 16 at 6 pm at Johnson & Wales University (JWU), 801 W Trade Street in downtown Charlotte, JWU Chef Megan Lambert  and Stephanie Saullo, a registered dietitian from the NRI, will come together to demonstrate delicious, healthy cooking while sharing tips for consuming a balanced, nutritious diet.  After the presentation, taste the dishes and take home the recipes. Learn more about Appetite for Life seminars and the NRI’s research by visiting

Healthy Living Classes from the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute  

Aubrey Mast, NC State Plants for Human Health Institute

Aubrey Mast, extension associate in nutrition with the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), leads cooking demonstrations that relay research-based insight into the health-promoting benefits of fruits and vegetables.  In March, she is teaching:

  • Ministry Meals that Promote Healing on March 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm at New Beginning Moravian Church, 201 Seagle St, Huntersville
  • Ministry Meals that Promote Healing on March 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm at New Beginning Moravian Church, 201 Seagle St, Huntersville
  • Phytoactives 101 on March 3 from 1 to 3 pm at the Harrisburg Library, 201 Sims Pkwy, Harrisburg and March 8 from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Concord Library, 27 Union Street N.

Learn more about the research at PHHI and find a full schedule of classes under Healthy Living at

Cabarrus Health Alliance Cooking Classes and Grocery Store Tours

CHA grocery store tour.

Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) is offering “Beyond the Comfort Zone” cooking classes in their Wellness Kitchen located at 300 Mooresville Road in Kannapolis. The class helps people explore “uncommon, yet extremely nutritious foods” that are worth trying. Classes are $10 per person and will be held:

  • March 7 from 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • March 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • March 11 from 10 am to 11:30 am

CHA grocery store tours are led by a trained guide that teaches skills for buying healthy foods on a budget. Participants also learn how to read food labels, receive a gift card for groceries and a free book of recipes and grocery shopping tips.  Tours in March are at the Food Lion on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard in Kannapolis on:

  • March 14 from 10 am to 11:30 am
  • March 21 from 6 to 7:30 pm

Visit to see a full schedule of classes and o to register for Grocery Store Tours and cooking classes.

“Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult, doesn’t have to cost a fortune and certainly can taste delicious,” said Jenn LaVadera, MS, RD, nutrition and health communications manager for the Dole Nutrition Institute, the research and education arm of Dole Food Company located at NCRC.  She puts together the Dole Nutrition e-newsletter featuring evidenced-based nutrition research and healthy recipes. “These programs are great resources for helping people find areas in their diets where they can make small changes that could make a big difference for their health.


For more information or interviews, media please contact:

Suzanne Dane, UNC Nutrition Research Institute, 704-250-5008 or

Megan Bame, NC State Plants for Human Health Institute, 704-250-5461 or

Erin Shoe, Cabarrus Health Alliance, 704-920-1345 or

Jennifer Woodford, NC Research Campus, 704-200-5070 or

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