Mather Hospital’s “Perfect Plates??? Restaurant Program Applauds Federal Government’s Change from Food Pyramid to MyPlate, Stressing Healthy Eating and Portion Control
June 6, 2011
The federal government’s recent unveiling of the new MyPlate symbol to replace the Food Pyramid stresses both healthy eating and portion control, two of the elements that have long been part of Mather Hospital’s Restaurant Program.
The new symbol is a plate divided into the basic food groups – fruit, vegetables, grains and protein – with a small circle next to the plate for dairy products. The Department of Agriculture campaign encourages consumers to make half their plate fruit and vegetables, and will urge them to eat smaller portions and drink water in place of sugary drinks.
“The administration’s decision to abandon the food pyramid in favor of MyPlate is a huge step in the right direction??? said Gemma Saylor RD, Program Director. “The visual of the plate is relevant to everyone and it is a great guide for how we should create our meals. The emphasis on adding fruits and vegetables is particularly important as we try to address chronic disease, especially heart disease. Our restaurant program focuses on portion sizes but that is only one part of the equation???
Mather’s Restaurant Program, funded by the Healthy Heart Program - New York State Department of Health, has long stressed portion control for healthier eating. The program partners with restaurants throughout Suffolk County to help increase the availability of smaller portion options on their menus and recently renamed the program “Perfect Plates??? to further emphasize the focus on smaller portions at smaller prices. In the past year more than 25 restaurants in Suffolk County have added smaller portion options to their menus, which are proving to be a hit with consumers and restaurants alike.
For more information on Mather Hospital’s Perfect Plates Restaurant Program contact Saylor at 631-476-2723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.
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