Clinical Nutrition helps children get their plates in shape

Photography by BMC

The St. Jude Clinical Nutrition department celebrated National Nutrition Month during March with a variety of activities designed to teach families, employees and visitors to “Get Your Plate in Shape.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics introduced the new food plate last year, which replaced the Food Pyramid by suggesting that Americans eat a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins.

St. Jude Executive Chef Miles McMath began the fun March 19 with a healthy dessert demonstration in front of the hospital’s cafeteria, showing patients and siblings how to create an easy banana pudding parfait using four ingredients and a plastic sandwich bag.

The hospital was treated to a fashion show March 21 as food models strolled the red carpet and took their rightful places on a plate diagram. An additional event allowed participants to “Color Your Plate,” which was a hands-on craft event designed to explore ways to make daily meals more healthy.