Back for 2016 as part of its continuing commitment to patient’s well-being, Whitfield recently introduced its Food and Health Initiative, to run in tandem with RTE’s popular health programme Operation Transformation.
Whitfield’s catering department emphasises the importance of a healthy and nutritionally balanced menu and as patients present themselves at Whitfield it is essential that the menu offered provides optimum nutrition for people with illnesses and to complement their recovery plans. While good nutrition is especially important, taste and quality are equally important.
Meals are developed with similar nutritional profiles as those on Operation Transformation, are prepared with locally sourced, fresh produce and the “Dish of the Day” recipes are available at the Atrium Café.
Dr. Michael O’Reilly, Consultant Cardiologist Whitfield, said, “In many cases it is the hospital setting that increases motivation to consider reform of poor dietary habits, especially when information on preparing appetising and healthy meals is provided.”
Dr. O’Reilly added that access to information about healthy eating is especially relevant these days. “The predominant cause of heart attacks and strokes in the twenty first century is poor lifestyle. Excessive calorie intake, especially starches and carbohydrates which consist of 80% or more of sugar along with lack of sustained physical activity have led to an increase in death due to cardio vascular disease.”
“Whitfield and the food service staff deserve hearty congratulations on this most valuable initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle by improving eating patterns.”
The initiative received great support last year and 2016 is no different. “The number of patients at and visitors to Whitfield choosing the Operation Transformation meal options is as high this year as it was last year, with almost 70% opting for the Eat Right Live Right option” said Alan O’Connor, Whitfield’s Catering Manager.
“Our team of chefs, dieticians, and local suppliers is collectively responsible for serving up a daily tasty, nutritional and appetizing option and our customers have not been disappointed. Each morning the kitchen team creates every meal from scratch to ensure that our customers enjoy higher quality food with more taste. The meals are nutritionally analysed to ensure the nutrient profile is suitable for patients. They are low in fat and salt, a good source of fibre, and made from ingredients containing no gluten. There are also options suitable for vegetarians ensuring there is something healthy for all palates.”
“The recipes are also available from the catering department as people like to try the meal at home, having tasted it here in Whitfield,” Alan added.
The daily menu includes Operation Transformation favourites such as Stir Fried Pork with Ginger, Hungarian Beef Goulash, Lemon Aioli Marinated Chicken, Chorizo Spiced Haddock and a range of vegetarian options.
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