• Press Release

National Healthy Eating Day is November 6th

The Mount Sinai Hospital raises awareness of the importance of heart-healthy food choices when cooking at home, eating-out, and at work.

  • New York, NY
  • (November 05, 2013)

National Healthy Eating Day is this Wednesday, November 6. Mount Sinai Heart and Food and Nutrition Services at The Mount Sinai Hospital are teaming up on this special day to raise awareness of the importance of making daily heart-healthy food choices when you are cooking at home, eating-out, or at work.

In honor of National Healthy Eating Day, the top chefs at The Mount Sinai Hospital will be offering heart-healthy food options in their cafeteria, and an interactive cooking demonstration with free heart-healthy food samples. Also a free apple, a heart healthy snack, will also be shared as a giveaway to the thousands of expected event participants, along with free educational materials and heart-healthy recipe cards.

"National Healthy Eating Day" Celebration

  • Free cooking demonstration
  • Free heart-healthy food samples
  • Free apples
  • Free heart-healthy recipe cards
  • Free educational brochures

Wednesday, November 6

Cafeteria at The Mount Sinai Hospital
1468 Madison Avenue, at E100th Street
New York, NY, 10029

  • Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, VP of Clinical Operations,Mount Sinai Heart
  • Matthew Krimsky, Senior Exec. Chef, Food and Nutrition Services, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Rolando Rivera, Exec. Retail Chef, Food and Nutrition Services, Mount Sinai Hospital

National Healthy Eating Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) on the first Wednesday of each November, is part of its new nationwide program initiative called My Heart.My Life. The AHA is calling on all Americans, communities, and workplaces like The Mount Sinai Hospital to make a pledge to come together to take steps toward living a healthier life by promoting daily healthy eating, exercise, and an overall heart-healthy lifestyle.

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. The AHA is urging Americans to prepare more healthy meals for themselves and their families at home while choosing more healthy foods when at work or eating-out.

"A heart-healthy diet starts at home, and then at work where we spend a great deal of our time," says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, VP 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 start to offer the healthiest food choices not only to our patients, but also to our employees as well. Your heart-healthy meal plate should aim to have 1-cup of vegetables, a half-cup of whole grains, and 3 oz. of lean protein. Also, remember to always have five-servings of fruits and vegetables per day."

This is why Food and Nutrition Services at The Mount Sinai Hospital, powered by the Compass Group, is working toward launching in December 2013 its heart-healthy "Great Living" menu to all inpatients, and all employees and visitors to the Mount Sinai cafeteria. The mission is to offerflavorful heart-healthy eating options. Mount Sinai has already taken steps to eliminating some unhealthy foods. For example, it has replaced fried chicken with a dedicated baked meats carving station.

Mount Sinai Hospital's top chefs are recommending you incorporate into your heart-healthy diet and home cooking food choices that they incorporate into Mount Sinai's menus.

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)

About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties.

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