Mather Hospital’s Perfect Plates Brings New Customers
April 21, 2011
More than 1,200 people headed to Patchogue restaurants on a wet and rainy Tuesday last week to order a “Perfect Plate???. At some restaurants the lines were out the door. In all, 15 local restaurants participated in Mather Hospital’s “$5 Perfect Plates??? event by offering reduced portions for only $5.
Gemma Saylor, a registered dietitian and director of Mather Hospital’s restaurant program, found that restaurant owners were pleasantly surprised by the success of the event. “They couldn’t believe how busy they were. The first question they asked me was ‘When can we do this again?’??? she said.
While the restaurants saw an increase in business and introduced new customers to their menus, the primary goal of the Perfect Plates program is improved cardiovascular health. “While there are many ways to decrease the risks of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers, an easy first step is to simply cut down on the amount of food that you eat. There are enormous health benefits associated with portion control and those benefits can translate into decreased healthcare issues,??? said Saylor.
Saylor works with restaurants in Suffolk County to provide smaller portion options to their customers. Mather Hospital’s restaurant program attempts to change people’s eating habits in a way that not only benefits their health but also creates business for local independent restaurants. In the past year, 20 restaurants have added smaller portion options to their menus. After participating in the Perfect Plates event and having experienced the benefits of providing these options, 10 more restaurants are now in the process of introducing smaller portion choices. The program is funded by the New York State Department of Health - Healthy Heart Program.
For a full list of member restaurants and their promotional offers visit www.matherhospital.org/restaurants. For more information about the restaurant program, call Gemma Saylor at 631-476-2723.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality health care services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.
For further information about Mather Hospital, visit www.matherhospital.org