Monday, November 05, 2012
SYRACUSE – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will participate in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) National Eating Healthy Day November 7. The nutritional services team, led by James Nicolosi, RD, director, and Certified Executive Chef Jeffrey Mitchell, has planned a variety of healthy options in support of the day, including suspending the use of fryers for the day, removing salt shakers and packets, and eliminating soda.
“We realize it’s going to be tough for some to forgo soda for the day,” said Nicolosi. “But we feel that’s what the day is all about – calling attention to the importance of healthy eating for a healthy mind and body.”
Some of the other changes visitors to St. Joseph’s cafes will notice include no bacon, low cholesterol eggs, more whole grain products and the promotion of the healthy items offered every day, such as oatmeal, fruit, yogurt and low fat, low sodium deli meats.
“The workplace is one of the best places to improve the health of individuals,” said Franklin Fry, executive director of the Greater Syracuse Division of the AHA. “What’s more, worksite wellness programs are a proven strategy to prevent the major modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.”
This isn’t the first time St. Joseph’s nutritional services has led the way in offering healthy meals to patients, visitors and employees. Earlier this year, it was the first and only hospital in Central New York to sign on to Meatless Monday, a nonprofit, international campaign that partners with organizations, including hospitals, restaurants and schools, to highlight healthy, meatless options as a way to encourage people to reduce their meat consumption.
In addition, Chef Mitchell can be seen weekly on CNYCentral at 5 p.m. sharing healthy recipes people can easily make at home. His recipes are archived on the web at www.sjhsyr.org/healthymondaysyracuse.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system providing services to patients from Onondaga and 15 surrounding counties. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 14-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.