Parkridge Medical Center's cafeteria rolled out an updated look and a new healthy eating program today—including an app.
Parkridge's new initiative, called the Mindful Program, is connected to the MyFitnessPal, which is a calorie-counting weight loss app for smartphones. Those who have downloaded the app can scan barcodes on cafeteria selections and send the dietary information about each of their meal choices to their MyFitnessPal accounts.
“The MyFitnessPal tool is used by many people to keep an accurate record of their caloric intake,” April Maynard, Parkridge dietary services director, said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to be able to offer this service to our diners who are actively working toward health and weight loss goals.”
The Mindful Program offers a variety of lower-sodium, lower-calorie entree and dessert options. As part of the new initiative, the cafeteria also underwent a mini makeover, including new serving dishes, decor, signage and uniforms for employees.
“The new look is designed to be easier to understand, with icons and nutrition education elements that help patrons make healthier selections,” Maynard said. “It’s all about empowering people to make those healthier choices."