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Healthy Meals Designed for Nurses

Sunday June 6, 2010
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Cancer Treatment Centers of America has rolled out a nurse wellness program that includes a strong focus on exercise, healthy eating and healthy living. A big part of that healthy eating program includes a new variety of nutritious meals called Wholesome Temptations. They can be refrigerated and heated at any time within a few days of the preparation date on the container. The meals cost between $3 and $4 each. Some nurses and employees even take them home to heat up for dinner.

Foods are prepared fresh daily and then rapidly cooled to a safe temperature. Meals are portion controlled to provide 4 to 5 ounces of a protein, one serving of grain and one serving of a vegetable. They contain fewer than 400 calories, fewer than 13 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and 600 to 700 milligrams of sodium per meal.

The meals were designed by Carolyn Lammersfeld, MS, RD, CSO, LD, CNSD, national director of nutrition for CTCA; Judith Hallisey, director of culinary services; Vincent Devall, assistant director of culinary services; and Sergio Moreno, sous chef.