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Adventist Health Cafes Offer Healthy, Affordable Lunch Option during National Nutrition Month

Community Needs

HANFORD/SELMA – Eating healthy is not always easy or affordable, but Adventist Health in Hanford and Selma has a solution this National Nutrition Month.

For the month of March, visitors are being offered a healthy cafeteria lunch meal for just $2.89. The meal -- conveniently located at the front of the Hot Bar -- consists of whole grains, legumes and vegetables. Items will vary daily and are available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We really want to promote healthy eating and encourage community members to eat more plant-based foods,” says Zaelin Stringham, Adventist Health Nutritional Services Manager.

Not only is the meal high in fiber and low in sodium, but it’s also dairy- and butter-free.

“I love that Adventist Health always has a vegetarian option,” says Hailey Parumog, Registered Nurse at Adventist Health in Hanford. “I have psoriasis and eczema and by going vegan for a while, I noticed I didn’t have to use certain medications anymore.”

Even Adventist Health physicians who eat at the café are excited about the healthy option.

“A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent a number of conditions and even improve our mood,” says Dr. Gurvinder Kaur, a hospitalist and internal medicine physician.

Seasonal fresh fruit also will be offered throughout the day.

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake reduces the likelihood of developing several conditions, including:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Community members visiting the cafeterias should enter through the hospital entrance and inform the front desk coordinator in the lobby that they are there to eat at the cafeteria.

If successful, the healthy lunch meal deal could be extended beyond Nutrition Month.