Methodist Healthcare
December 22, 2016

2017 is just around the corner and Northeast Methodist Hospital wants to help you get – and stay-healthier in the New Year.

How? By offering a FREE eight-class series for adults on nutrition and exercise entitled New Year's Resolutions RESET: Eating & Exercise for a Healthier 2017by Bridget Garcia, RD/LD, Clinical Dietitian at Northeast Methodist Hospital.

“It’s a common complaint I hear from people and there are so many reasons why someone feels this way. Personally, I think because our lives are busier, we’re not as inclined to want to spend what we perceive will be hours in the kitchen after a full day of work. In the years of a family growing, there’s lots of activity so time is the most precious commodity. We think it’s easier to grab fast food. Then as we get older, and the kids grow up, we sometimes don’t feel like putting in the effort for one or two dinners. But eating nutritiously can be very simple. The simplest guideline is to eat a variety of foods in the right proportions. The easiest way to approach this is to look for a variety of colorful vegetables and small amounts of lean protein, plus some grains and fruit – keep it as fresh as possible. But in order to do that, we have to plan ahead so that we have healthy ingredients on hand to put together to create a balanced meal. The foundation of good nutrition is knowledge to better plan and make better choices.”

About Bridget Garcia:

Bridget Garcia is a Clinical Dietitian with Northeast Methodist Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Texas at Austin and immediately began working in community nutrition, providing group instruction to both adults and children. While working at the community level, she realized she wanted to work one-on-one with individuals requiring specialized diets. She became a Registered Dietitian after completing a Dietetic Internship at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Then, in 2012, she joined the staff of Northeast Methodist Hospital as a clinical dietitian. Bridget says she enjoys her job because she gets to help patients understand the importance of nutrition, especially to support the healing process and to gain the knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices after getting discharged from the hospital.