The United States spends more on health care than any other nation in the world. People with chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity
and adult onset diabetes account for 75% of this health care spending. What is disconcerting about these statistics is chronic diseases are largely preventable with a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition and regular exercise.
Research has consistently demonstrated diets that are rich in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fats and sodium promote good health and prevent chronic diseases. Furthermore, there is strong evidence a healthy diet and lifestyle can be more effective than medications in managing diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
In the extended care environment, caregivers are faced with many issues in regard to diet and disease. Food preferences, multiple health problems, high risk of poor nutrition intake and digestion problems are just some factors to consider when developing a menu for people in this setting. As we age, we need fewer calories and much less sodium, but our needs for other nutrients such as protein and calcium increase.
SALMON Health and Retirement believes in an integrated approach to Resident and Client care. Diet and nutrition have always been essential parts of the interdisciplinary medical treatment approach. Registered dietitians collaborate with the entire medical team to improve the health and medical status of our Residents.
In April 2016, the Dining and Nutritional Services Department at SALMON Health and Retirement is taking our menu to the next level. We’re launching a meal plan to meet all of the healthy guidelines for older adults. This approach is rich in calcium, fiber and other important nutrients, modified in sodium and uses the freshest ingredients possible. New menu items include roasted red peppers with quinoa and fresh vegetables, watermelon mint salad and fresh salmon with mango salsa.
Our Residents and Clients deserve the best in health and wellness, including a delicious menu that’s a powerhouse of nutrition.
This article was contributed by Dr. Coreyann Poly, a Registered Dietitian with a doctoral degree in Medical Nutrition Therapy. Dr. Poly is the Director of Clinical Nutrition Services for SALMON Health and Retirement.