25 Wellness Tips

We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.

Train chefs on wellness program: We have a program called Healthy 100. It’s all about helping people understand what lifestyle habits can help them live to be 100 years old. We have a training program for our chefs called Healthy 100 Certification Training where we help them understand how to create recipes that fit the program. We explain the criteria (fat under 35%, fewer than 700 milligrams of sodium and saturated fat between 7% and 10% of total calories) and we ask them to develop five recipes that fit the criteria. We have more than 200 recipes in the system. Our marketing department developed a logo to denote these items in the cafeteria.

—Sherri Flynt, R.D., manager, Center for Nutritional Excellence, Florida Hospital, Orlando 

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