Shortly after Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Health+Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz recently announced that vegan lunches would become the default option at H+H/Lincoln, Metropolitan, and Woodhull hospitals, the city says that healthier meals are well received. by the patients of the three establishments.
According to the town hall, these healthy meals are served in all Health + hospitals while being served as the default lunch in three of the medical centers. Additionally, 60% of patients chose to stick with the plant-based option over the meat.
With H+H serving approximately 3 million lunches and dinners each year, Mayor and Katz believe bringing healthy, great-tasting foods to patients could have a profound effect on the war on obesity and diabetes by initiating New -Yorkers to foods they may never have known. otherwise never known.
Mayor Adams made the fight against unhealthy foods the main focal point during the city’s lead and delivered on that promise. Hizzoner, who is a vegan himself, first lobbied for healthy meals in schools to reduce childhood obesity and diabetes. This has now been followed with the inclusion of plant-based meals served to recovering people in hospitals. It’s something Adams takes to heart, knowing all too well the difference a plate can make.
“I know from my own experience that I overcame type 2 diabetes with a whole plant-based diet that often,” Mayor Adams told amNewYorkMetro. “By introducing nutritious, plant-based, and culturally appropriate meals as primary options for patients at NYC Health + Hospitals facilities, we can reduce rates of chronic illnesses like the one I suffered from and send a clear message that food we eat is important – for recovery from illness and overall health.
“As a primary care physician, I talk with all of my patients about the importance of healthy eating and how it can help prevent or treat chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension blood pressure and heart disease,” Katz said in a statement. “Our new meal plan is backed by evidence of health benefits and environmental sustainability, and builds on the success of our Meatless Mondays program.”
The mayor’s office says there are 14 different dishes from a variety of cultures, including Latin, Asian and many other cuisines. Lunches include bowls of Thai noodles, Spanish vegetable paella with yellow rice, and southern black-eyed pea casserole. Food Service Associates work with patients on meal choice and selection from the start of their stay until discharge and encourage them to choose healthy meals as part of their healing and recovery care plan.
Not only will producing these meals be better for the environment at a time when climate change is becoming a bigger issue day by day, but it is also hoped that it could change the food culture and help create a city healthier in the years to come.