Mount Sinai to Host Recipe Contest for National Healthy Eating Day

New York, NY
 – November 3, 2015 /Press Release/  –– 

In recognition of National Healthy Eating Day, Mount Sinai Heart and Food and Nutrition Services at The Mount Sinai Hospital are teaming up on Wednesday, November 4 to raise awareness of the importance of making daily heart-healthy food choices when cooking at home, eating-out, or at work.

More than 144 million adult Americans are overweight or obese, along with more than one-third of children and teens. The obesity epidemic is leading to a greater prevalence of heart disease — the number one killer of Americans. Contributing to this healthcare crisis may be the increased level of eating-out dining which has doubled over the last few decades causing more Americans to consume meals higher in portion size, fat, calories, and sodium.

"A heart-healthy diet is critical for all of us to practice both at home, and then at work where we spend a great deal of our time," says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, SVP of Clinical Operations at Mount Sinai Heart. "Our goal at Mount Sinai is to raise awareness of the vital importance of a daily heart-healthy lifestyle and to offer the healthiest food choices to both our patients and employee.  Your heart-healthy meal plate should aim to have 1-cup of vegetables, a half-cup of whole grains, 3 oz. of lean protein, and five-servings of fruits and vegetables per day."

Leading up to the awareness fair, Mount Sinai is encouraging employee engagement through a heart healthy recipe contest. The winning recipes will be featured through an interactive cooking demonstration with free heart-healthy food samples during the fair.

Heart-healthy recommended food choices include:

  • Colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Whole wheat bread (no white bread)
  • Brown rice or brown rice blends (no white rice)
  • Olive and canola oils (instead of butter)
  • Lean-meats
  • Fish
  • Poultry (free of antibiotics)
  • Cage-free eggs
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Yogurt
  • Nuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
  • Beans
  • Fresh herbs, garlic, and spices (limit salt)

What: “National Healthy Eating Day” Celebration
Free cooking demonstration
Free heart-healthy food samples
Free apples
Free heart-healthy recipe cards
Free educational brochures
When: Wednesday, November 4; 11:00am-2:00pm
Where: Atrium at The Mount Sinai Hospital, One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY, 10029

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is nationally ranked as one of the top 25 hospitals in 8 specialties in the 2014-2015 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked nationally, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Mount Sinai Roosevelt are ranked regionally.

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