Medical Center Patients Get Healthier Food

6:15 PM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
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Patients at the Medical Center of Central Georgia are among the first in the nation to test out new food options.

The "Great Living Menu" was introduced two weeks ago through Morrison's Healthcare and the Partnership for a Healthier America.

The menu allows nutrition staff to cut down on sodium by 44 percent and calories by 33 percent.

Director of Food Nutrition, Adrien Clermont, says an increase in whole grains, wheats, and pasta will provide healthier options without compromising taste.

"By providing this food that tastes good that looks good and doesn't have the stigma of healthy in it, but yet it's healthy, that people will become accustomed to it and accept it more," says Clermont.

The nutrition staff at the Medical Center serves more than 300,000 patients a year.

The new menu will impact up to 1 million meals over the next five years.

Clermont says they expect other hospitals throughout the country to adapt the new menu in the future.

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