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Martinsburg VA Medical Center


Celebrating Healthy Choices for Veterans

Italian meal being prepared for inpatient Veterans

Italian meal being prepared for inpatient Veterans

By Sarah Tolstyka, Public Affairs Officer
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month and the Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) is proud to serve more than 1,500 Inpatient Veteran meals daily with over 80 percent of the menu items made from scratch.

Each year the medical center Nutrition and Food Service (NFS) strives to increase sustainability practices. They grow some of their own culinary herbs, have used fresh produce from the Voluntary Services’ gardens and use local vendors for fresh, never frozen antibiotic-free pork and poultry. Local produce such as squash, greens, apples and melons are purchased for meals.

We have 13 Clinical Dietitians, of those, 1 is a Certified Diabetes Educator, 2 are Certified Nutrition Support Clinicians, 1 exercise Physiologist-Certified and 4 are Certified Health Coaches to assist in helping Veterans live a healthy lifestyle.

“Each time you eat and digest vegetables, it’s like putting on your boxing gloves, knocking out the disease-causing molecules, and winning a healthier body.” said Barbara Hartman, chief of NFS. “Fresh vegetables usually have the most ‘fight’ per mouthful and they taste the best. Eat vegetables early and often each day.”

NFS receives input from trained chefs and staff to provide special occasion meals for Veterans such as a Valentine’s meal with filet mignon, a Father’s Day steak cookout and a holiday meal with cream of crab soup and oyster stuffing.

Dietitians provide one to two MOVE! group classes per week at the medical center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics to ensure Veterans are receiving the information and support they need to make healthy choices such as proper diet and exercise.

To learn more about the MOVE! Program contact 304-263-0811, ext. 3693.

Nutrition and Food Service worker delivering meals.

Nutrition and Food Service worker delivering meals.


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