Grundy County Memorial Hospital | Live Well | Fall 2021

Adam Scherling Administrator Keely Harken Communication & Foundation ProgramManager Kelly Jans Community Outreach Specialist Crystal Petersen Wellness Program Manager LIVE WELL is published as a community service for the residents of the service area of Grundy County Memorial Hospital, 201 East J Ave., Grundy Center, IA 50638, , 319-824-5421 Standard U.S. Postage PAID Grundy County Memorial Hospital 201 E. J Ave. Grundy Center, IA 50638 2021 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Information in LIVE WELL comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. Planning a party? Keep your team happy and safe Find individually portioned meal ideas and tips at grundycounty/services -nutrition-services.aspx . Checklist for a healthy gathering ✔ Communicate rules and expectations ahead of time. ✔ Hold it outdoors. ✔ Have wipes and hand sanitizer available. ✔ Clean frequently touched surfaces and items between use. ✔ Use single-serve options, from game pieces to dishes and condiments. ✔ Have one person prepare and distribute the food and drink. By Crystal Petersen, RDN, LD If you’re ready to get back to tailgates, family gatherings or a backyard party, a little planning and creativity will help your event be successful and comfortable while we navigate a world in which COVID-19 remains a risk. When it comes to serving food, individual portions are IN—while self- service buffets and potlucks are OUT—but fun and new ways to serve party food are here! Idea No. 1. This one is my favorite: Swap out the communal charcuterie board for adorable “ jarcuteries .” This is a single-serving charcuterie in a jar (or a small plastic cup works too). Cre- ate tasty jarcuteries by mixing and matching small amounts of the foods you would use to create a snack board—cheese, nuts, crackers, fresh and dried fruits, olives, cold cuts, veggie sticks, and more. Idea No. 2. Impress your guests by safely distributing a meal on a skewer. Veggies and meat can be marinated and assembled on skewers ahead of time. When it’s time to eat, they can be quickly cooked and served by a masked griller. Why not put it all on a skewer? Fruit kebabs, salad-on-a-stick, and cold cut and cheese appetizers all work, and they can be served by one person on individual plates. Idea No. 3. Colorful bento box combos are multi-compartment, mini trays that will make your guests feel special. Traditional boxes include a starch, such as seasoned rice; one or two proteins, accompanied by a variety of cooked or pickled vegetables; and a bit of fruit. Or try pin- wheel sandwiches, whole-grain salad, or roasted nuts and yogurt—these are just a few options for creating an attractive, satisfying box.