Patients at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio helped launched the ¡Por Vida! program today with a child-friendly ¡Por Vida!-approved cooking demo. The hospital will serve ¡Por Vida! meals at the cafeteria for visitors and staff. The entire pediatric patients menu is also ¡Por Vida!-approved.
“We’re so pleased to have Children’s Hospital of San Antonio join our program,” says Metro Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Manager, Kathleen Shields. “Childhood obesity prevention is a crucial issue in our community and we are proud to make strides with child-friendly ¡Por Vida! meals.”
A ¡Por Vida! registered dietitian analyzed several ¡Por Vida! approved meals to be served at the cafeteria and to the patients. All these meal options follow the strict ¡Por Vida! nutritional criteria where a meal cannot exceed 700 calories, 23 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 750 mg of sodium and no fried foods. Some of the cafeteria’s ¡Por Vida! menu items include: grilled ancho-lime chicken with calabacita and Spanish rice, crunchy baked cod with southern green beans and toasted barley, and smokey apple barbeque chicken with roasted carrots and cabbage.
The ¡Por Vida! campaign was launched in 2009 by The Healthy Restaurants Coalition, a partnership between the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the San Antonio Restaurant Association and the San Antonio Dietetics Association to promote healthier food choices in restaurants and spread good nutrition within the community.
The majority of ¡Por Vida!’s 23 partners include traditional restaurants like Jim’s, Luby’s, Pico de Gallo, Delicious Tamales, Johnny Carino’s, The Egg and I, Guadalupe Street Coffee, Estela’s, Zedric’s, Fruit Fusionz, Corner Bakery, Papouli’s Greek Grill and McDonald’s. Business partners include NuStar’s Grill on the Hill, Valero’s Terrace Bistro, UTSA Roadrunner Cafe; Security Service Federal Credit Union’s corporate headquarter employee café, University Hospital, San Antonio Food Bank’s Catalyst Catering, New Forest Estates, Baptist Health System, Trinity University and Morning Side Ministries Retirement Community resident dining facility.
About the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health)
<>pThe mission of Metro Health is to provide leadership and services for San Antonio and Bexar County to prevent illness and injury, promote healthy behaviors, and protect against health hazards. Metro Health’s vision is optimal health for our communities and our environment.
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