Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gottlieb staff promotes healthy, vegetarian eating

Using fresh ingredients, some purchased from local farms, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital's dietary staff will practice what they preach as they make and hand out free samples of "Strawberry Fields" salad Wednesday during Oak Park’s Mid-Week Market. The meat-free recipe is a staple during the hospital’s ‘Meatless Mondays.’ "Food at Gottlieb is fresh, seasonal and nutritious as well as tasty. Strawberry Fields is a very popular salad we serve in our cafeteria regularly on Mondays but also through the week,” said Susan Ofria, registered dietitian and manager at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System. Since April, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s cafeteria has served meat-free items on Mondays as part of a Loyola University Health System health initiative. During the kick-off, employees dressed as pigs and cows celebrating a day of freedom. “ ’Meatless Mondays’ promotes healthier eating by emphasizing fruits, vegetables and alternative sources of protein that are free from saturated fat,” Ofria said. “Vegetarian wraps, hand-tossed salads like Strawberry Fields and our baked potato bar with toppings are popular and tasty, satisfying non-meat entrees.” Originally created as a campaign to support troops during World War I, the ‘Meatless Monday’ campaign was so popular that some 10 million families, 7,000 hotels and nearly 425,000 food vendors pledged to observe national meatless days. “Meatless Monday’ is now an effective international program to increase healthful eating practices and reduce our carbon footprint. Hundreds of employees, visitors and patients at the Melrose Park campus rely on the Gottlieb cafeteria for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the dietary staff takes their role as good health stewards seriously. “Gottlieb patients order their choice of meals from a menu, much like room service ordering in a hotel,” Ofria said. “Pastas, fajitas, salads and even fish is made to order to be as healthful and appetizing as possible.” If patients are enjoying nutritious meals, it helps their overall health, Ofria said. "Chicagoans are ethnically diverse and many have sophisticated palates, so Gottlieb's menu includes Italian and Mexican dishes plus trendy entrees and even comfort foods to try to satisfy all appetites." Gottlieb was the first hospital in the Midwest to offer an on-campus fitness center open to the community as well as for the benefit of hospital patients and employees. Gottlieb Center for Fitness encourages employees to exercise by offering deeply discounted memberships, and they maintain a walking path on the Melrose Park campus. Special health-incentive events are offered to employees monthly such as wellness lectures, free screenings and exercise-incentive programs. “Hospital employees are so busy getting everyone else well that they often neglect their own wellness and we want Gottlieb staff to know that we are here for them,” said Dr. Carlos Reynes, medical director of Inspire Health, Gottlieb’s employee wellness program. “Exercise not only builds muscle and trims fat but helps reduce stress and increases positive feelings of well-being.” Gottlieb’s Strawberry Fields Salad Yield: 6 servings Dressing 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard Salt and pepper Salad 8 cups mixed salad greens 6 large strawberries, hulled, sliced ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion ½ cup crumbled blue cheese 1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and dry mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste. 2. In a large bowl, combine salad greens, strawberries, walnuts and red onions. 3. Toss with dressing. 4. Top with blue cheese and serve. Nutritional Information per serving Calories: 209 Carbohydrate: 7.1 gm Protein: 4.1 gm Sodium: 176 gm Fiber: 1.8 gm Cholesterol: 8.4 gm Saturated fat: 3.9 gm Fat: 19 gm

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.