Healthification – Mercy Simplifies Healthy Choices

December 17, 2010

Chuck Trudo, RN

Health care professionals are experts when it comes to healing the human body, yet they often neglect to practice the very mantra they preach.

The staggering reality is that three of the four states where Mercy serves rank in the top nine nationwide for highest adult obesity rates. According to the most recent report by Center for Disease Control (CDC), Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma have a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30 percent with Kansas fairing only slightly better.

So, with that in mind, Mercy is promoting stronger, healthier lifestyles for its more than 36,000 coworkers through an initiative known as “Healthification.” The plan supports a well-balanced life, which includes nutrition, physical activity, emotional and spiritual well-being, and smoking cessation.

As a first step, Mercy is partnering with NuVal, a nutritional scoring system, to help coworkers and customers make informed decisions.

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01 – St. John’s Mercy in St. Louis transformed its bakeshop from high-calorie baked goods to fresh produce. Mercy is making it easier for co-workers, families and patients to make healthy choices across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
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02 – Brad Bulot, Mercy’s nutrition director in Northwest Arkansas, serves up smoothie samples at Callaghan’s – Mercy Café’s new gourmet coffee and smoothie bar.
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03 – Chuck Trudo, a night nursing supervisor for Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, Ark., stands next to Mercy’s produce stand. Trudo has adopted a healthier diet and, thanks to Mercy, he has an easier time making healthy selections.
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04 – By changing up Mercy’s grill selection in Rogers, Ark., and offering more healthy choices, French fry sales have plummeted 78 percent. This photo serves up Greek orzo salad, fresh cut veggies and assorted fruit. While less healthy choices are still available, they are no longer front and center on the grill, and they require a special order which takes extra time.
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05 – Mercy co-worker Laverne Crawford shows off the produce display that provides healthier options for co-workers and visitors at the St. John's Mercy cafeteria in St. Louis. Mercy is making it easier to make healthy choices across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
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06 – Mercy co-worker Jennifer Schneider in Rogers, Ark., stops by the Mercy Café on her way home to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. Mercy is making it easier for co-workers, families and patients to make healthy choices across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
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07 – By placing healthy selections such as apples and trail mix near cafeteria registers, Mercy is making it easier to make healthy choices across the communities it serves in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
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08 – Attractively arranged fresh fruits and vegetables, Naked juices and healthy popcorns encourage Mercy diners to grab a healthy snack.
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09 – As part of a year-round produce market at St. John's Mercy in St. Louis, some veggies stay fresh in the cooler. Mercy is making it easier for co-workers, families and patients to make healthy choices across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
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10 – Mercy Café in Rogers, Ark., now offers healthy options as grill specials. Today’s choice happened to be Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry with 416 calories and 19.5 grams of carbohydrates.
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