Nutrition

Nutrition is a critical component of physical wellness. The balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals we consume will determine whether our bodies have what they need to function properly. Engage with our resources below to learn and implement information regarding your nutrition choices.

Nutrition Resources

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Ask the Dietitian

Do you have a nutrition question? Do you need help sorting through various food advertising claims? Are you confused about what it means to eat healthy? Send your question to registered dietitian Jon Vredenburg with Employee Wellness Jacksonville for a response.

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Nutrition Presentations

View our library of recorded nutrition presentations. Topics include nutrition and immune function, plant-based diets, nutrition mythbusters, and more.

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Mindful Eating

Weight management isn’t only about what and how much you eat. It’s about how you relate to food, eating, and your body. Join this self-paced, virtual workshop and learn how to create a healthy relationship with food that can result in effortless weight management.

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Sweet and Salty

Join this three-week guided challenge to discover how much sugar and salt is actually in your diet. Learn tips for choosing healthier meals whether dining out or eating at home.

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GatorCare members only

Free Nutrition Counseling

GatorCare members, if you want to build a healthier relationship with food but aren’t sure where to start, speak with a Registered Dietitian at no cost! Nutrition Counseling is available for GatorCare Members via zoom or in-person (Jacksonville). Learn more about this free benefit and schedule your one-on-one appointment today!

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Wellness Resource

Start Simple with MyPlate

Don’t know where or how to start your nutrition journey? Start with MyPlate. It is a simple and easy to use guide on how to eat for better health. MyPlate breaks it down into different food groups and their quantities.

My Plate

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Food Labels 101

Have you ever wondered what that science-y looking table on packaged foods mean? Most food items provide nutrition information on the back of the package, called “Nutrition Facts”. Reading these labels can help you make wise food choices and compare foods to choose the healthiest option.

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Wellness Resource

Smart Snacking

There is no better time to reach your nutrition goals than now! If you struggle creating a nutritious and filling snack or want to find your new go-to quick food, don’t fret! Check out our guide with tips and ideas to help you create best on-the-go snacks for every day.

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Wellness Guide

Are you an Intuitive Eater?

Intuitive-eating is a non-dieting approach to eating. It is about trusting your body to make food choices that feel good for you, without judgement or the influence of diet culture. Take a short quiz to find out whether you stick to food rules or if you are already an Intuitive eater.

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View our Ask the Dietitian FAQ page for commonly asked nutrition questions and answers

12 Tweaks Challenge

Participate in any of these self-guided, four-week wellness challenges to improve your nutrition habits.

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Focus on Fruits and Veggies

Improve your diet by increasing your fruit and vegetable intake with one simple tweak each week.

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Meal Prep 101

Learn strategies for meal prepping and discover recipes and resources to help you create healthy meals quickly and efficiently.

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Serving Size Surprise

With just one tweak a week, learn how to increase your awareness of your typical portion sizes and increase your consumption of water, fruits, and vegetables.

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Savor Your Food

Take our Eating Patterns Assessment to identify your patterns and motivations with eating. Then learn about the hunger-fullness scale, the mindless margin, and eating with intention and attention to improve your choices.

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Recipes and More!

Recipe Guide

Healthy Back to School Recipe Guide

Back to school time can be stressful with a new school year and a new routine, adjusting can be tough. Lessen your stress with our helpful Healthy Back to School recipe guide. Our guide features tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes —all 500 calories or less.
 

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Wellness Tool

Meal Planning Tool

Browse hundreds of recipes and create your own meal plans. This tool will not only put together your grocery list, but also calculate full nutrition facts every day. Too busy to plan? You can opt for dietitian-prepared Meal Plans which offer balanced nutrition and can be easily customized to personal tastes.

Meal Planning

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Chopped 2020 Recipe Book

View these recipes submitted by your GatorCare Wellness team for a Chopped 2020 recipe challenge. Theme ingredients include cauliflower, eggplant, guava, squash, and tomato.

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RECIPES

Cooking with Herbs

Herbs are easy to grow and an excellent replacement for salt when seasoning your food. Learn healthy and delicious recipes with parsley, basil, and dill.

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RECIPES

Flour Power Recipes

Submitted by our members, these recipes make for delicious desserts with no all-purpose flour! Recipes include chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cheesecake bread, blackberry cinnamon muffins, and more.

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RECIPES

Burger Challenge Recipes

Looking to spice up your burger game? Look no further than these six recipes with a healthy and flavorful twist.

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Recipes

Plant Based Food Catalog : Part 1

View these dishes and treats submitted by our 2021 Spring Walking Challenge participants. The catalog includes plant based ingredients and twists on fan favorite dishes.

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Plant Based Food Catalog : Part 2

View these dishes and treats submitted by our 2021 Spring Walking Challenge participants. The catalog includes plant based ingredients and twists on fan favorite dishes.

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