Morrison Healthcare Food Services, BJC's food service provider, has implemented a number of programs in conjunction with BJC Help for Your Health. With a healthier focus apparent in all BJC cafeterias and dining rooms, Morrison offers healthy and tasty menu selections every day.
The Balanced Choices program offers healthy and great-tasting dining choices in BJC cafeterias and dining rooms Monday through Friday. Debuting at Barnes-Jewish Hospital North, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, the Balanced Choices program uses icons to make it easy to identify healthy foods. In addition to the icons, nutrient information specific to the food item is posted. BJC dietitians say food labeling is an important step in trimming Americans' waistlines.
Jennifer Polniak, Boone Hospital Center registered dietitian, says, "When I show clients the nutritional information in the food they're eating, it does make them think twice about their choices. Making this information more widely available is an excellent idea in response to the obesity epidemic. Gaining control of one's food environment is a key factor in weight management. Providing nutrition information is one step forward in the process of giving the public this needed control."
Balanced Choices offers entrees that are:
| Moderate in Calories, Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium
| Fewer Than 400 mg of Sodium Per Plate
| Offering Health Benefits Beyond Basic Nutrients
| No Meat, Poultry or Fish, But May Contain Dairy or Eggs
In addition, Morrison provides a monthly "Eat Well, Live Well" article that features hot health topics and promotes a monthly "Lunch and Learn" table in each cafeteria that features health information and healthy food samples.
Vegetable and Fruit Frequency Cards
BJC cafeterias offer an employee vegetable and fruit frequency punch card. Once you buy nine servings of fruits or vegetables, the 10th is free, up to a value of $1 (before employee discount). Employees can get the punch card from the food service cashier, and employees must wear their badge to use the card.
Hearty offerings can be found in every cafeteria, including:
- Whole-grain toast
- Fresh cut and whole fruit
- Fat-free yogurt
- Turkey sausage (at most locations)
- Low cholesterol scrambled eggs (at most locations)
Weight Watchers Menu Items
Morrison has an exclusive partnership with Weight Watchers and offers Weight Watchers entree, vegetable and snack selections at almost every BJC HealthCare hospital.
Serving Seafood That Comes from Sustainable Sources
Morrison and its parent company, Compass Group, are committed to protecting the threatened global fish supply. In collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, Morrison established a landmark purchasing policy in 2006 that removes unsustainable wild and farmed seafood from its cafeteria menus. They are working diligently to engage the salmon, shrimp and tilapia aquaculture industry to implement sustainable methods of production using open and frequent dialogue paired with specific goals and time lines. The goal is to remove 500,000 pounds of unsustainable farmed seafood over a three-year period ending in 2013.
The Marine Stewardship Council, an independent, global, nonprofit organization established to address "over-fishing"; and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch offer facts and figures about seafood that comes to your table from sustainable sources.
Providing Fresh Yogurt and Milk That Is Free of Artificial Growth Hormones
Science and experience have demonstrated that the use of artificial bovine growth hormones in dairy cows is detrimental to the well-being of the animal. The medical community has expressed apprehension that the use of these hormones may also be harmful to human health. Due to these concerns, Morrison serves only fresh fluid milk and fresh yogurt from cows that have been certified to be free of the artificial growth hormones rBGH/rBST.
Bovine growth hormone occurs naturally in dairy cows and is present in all raw milk. rBGH is a genetically engineered animal drug injected into cows to increase milk production. The FDA approved rBGH in 1993, and advises that residual levels of these hormones in food have been demonstrated to be safe. rBGH is not approved for use in most industrial nations, including Canada, Japan and all 25 nations of the European Union.
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