Contact: Carol Schliesinger
Public Relations Manager
SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 3, 2017) – ¡Por Vida!, Metro Health’s healthy dining initiative, welcomes three new members: Green Label, a venture of the Stone Oak Women’s Center, Rockin Pescado, a pop-up food vendor servicing local community events, and ABM Healthcare, the food and nutrition services management at University Hospital.
Metro Health registered dietitians analyzed the recipes’ nutritional information to approve those that fit the strict ¡Por Vida! criteria which limits calories, saturated fat, added sugar, and sodium (salt). Approved menus also do not include fried items or foods with hydrogenated oils (trans-fat).
The Green Label ¡Por Vida!-approved meals are part of the clinic’s lifestyle change program that teaches about nutrition as part of a holistic view on health. There are seven ¡Por Vida!-approved snack combinations made up of whole food ingredients that include nuts, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and beans.
“At our clinic we teach food as medicine,” said Dr. Michelle Harden, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist specializing in preventative health. “Treating obesity and chronic disease with lifestyle changes, including good nutrition, is the most powerful medicine with no side effects.”
Rockin Pescado serves tacos and fruit at local events around town, including First Friday’s at Hemisfair. Alexander Mesquiti was inspired to start his business when he observed how few healthy options are available at outdoor events.
“I would go to outdoor events and think that somebody should start selling healthy food here,” said Alexander Mesquiti, owner of Rockin Pescado. “Then I realized that person was me, I could sell healthy food at events!”
Rockin Pescado’s signature Mahi Mahi Tacos are among the ¡Por Vida!-approved meals, as well as the Queso Fresco Tacos, and a Fresh Fruit Cup.
As the food and nutrition services management for University Health System, ABM Healthcare is excited to re-launch the ¡Por Vida! Program at the University Hospital cafeteria. The cafeteria has a three week menu cycle and will offer a variety of items that meet the ¡Por Vida! criteria.
Access to healthy food options during the work-day is a key ingredient to promoting productivity and health in the workplace,” says Metro Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Manager Kathleen Shields. “We are proud to re-launch the ¡Por Vida! program at University Hospital.”
About ¡Por Vida!
¡Por Vida! was launched in 2010 by The Healthy Restaurants Coalition, a partnership between the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the San Antonio Restaurant Association and the Texas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to promote healthier food choices in restaurants and spread good nutrition throughout the community.
¡Por Vida!’s restaurant partners include Luciano, Sabinas Coffeehouse, Doña Tota, Green Label, Rockin Pescado, Tatu’s Food Debauchery, Infusa Café, Umamita, Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine, Barrio Barista, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 5 Points Local, Sue Sheff, Papouli’s Greek Grill, D.R. Healthy Meals, Delicious Tamales, The Egg and I, Cocina Heritage, Catalyst Catering, Estela’s Mexican Restaurant, Zedric’s Fit with Flavor, Corner Bakery, Powerhouse Bakery, and McDonald’s. Business partners include ABM Healthcare with at University Health System, Trinity University, Meals on Wheels, WT Café, UTSA Roadrunner Café, Baptist Health System, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, and Morningside Ministries at the Meadows and Chandler Estate.