Norwood Hospital and Norwood Farmers Market Launch 2nd Annual Chef's Table on July 22nd, August 26th and September 23rd

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chef’s Table features easy, healthy recipes from locally grown produce
in partnership with hospital’s Clinical Nutrition Program

’Tis the season to be enjoying fresh, locally grown produce … and what better way is there to obtain the best than by visiting a local farmers market? Each month, Norwood Hospital and Norwood Farmer’s Market will partner on a Chef’s Table where the hospital’s clinical nutrition manager, Caitlin Melia will prepare healthy recipes from locally grown produce. The Chef’s Table events are Tuesdays, July 22nd, August 26th and September 23rd from 1pm to 3pm. Sampling is encouraged.

The Farmers Market also offers a unique opportunity for some of the hospital’s patients with diabetes or at risk of diabetes. For the second year, the hospital’s Community Health Program, in partnership with the hospital’s Diabetes Education Program, is offering the Steward Farmers Market “Steward Bucks” program for high-risk patients. Weekly vouchers are offered free of charge to select patients enrolled in the hospital’s diabetes education program for use at the Farmers Market. Patients are evaluated at intervals during the market season.

“Last year’s program showed that a coordinated approach to healthy eating can have a positive impact on people with diabetes,” said Linda Davenport, Certified Diabetes Educator at Norwood Hospital who works with patients with diabetes. “By using target goals established by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and making produce and related recipes available, we helped patients reap the benefits of healthy eating.”

Patients participating in last year’s “Steward Bucks” program were surveyed regarding the benefits of the Farmer’s Market and responses were overwhelmingly positive. 100% of patients attended a Farmers Market at least weekly and up to 75% of patients participating prepared between one and five meals each week using market produce.
“The ADA advises losing weight can improve your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Just losing 10-15 pounds can make a difference,” said Caitlin Melia. “Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, and eating less processed foods is a great way to help lose weight.”

And that’s not all... In addition to offering locally grown produce and locally made products, Norwood Hospital will be available to provide information about programs and services aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles. The hospital’s nutrition staff also will offer free recipes and samples of healthy food offerings using seasonal ingredients sold at the market.

“Summer squash and zucchini are readily available at Farmer’s Markets,” added Melia. “They are low in calories but high in dietary fiber. Fiber helps keep us full without adding a lot of calories to a meal.”

Bonus: See recipe below for “Summer Squash Salad,” a delicious and diabetes-friendly recipe that uses summer squash and/or zucchini that will be available at this year's market.
Summer Squash Salad
1 pound yellow squash or zucchini (or mixture of both, about 4 small)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions
Slice the squash into extremely thin slices (you can use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons, use a mandolin to make thin slices or julienne with a knife). Set aside in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl, combine oil, lemon juice, pepper, minced garlic, and parsley and whisk thoroughly. Whisk in Parmesan. Add to squash and toss to coat. Let stand 10 minutes and serve. Serves 4

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 54
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Saturated fat: 0.5 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Sodium: 27 mg
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 3 g
Protein: 2 g

About Norwood Hospital
Norwood Hospital is a full-service, 263-bed community hospital for adults and children with a focus on delivering world-class health care along with the latest advances in technology and treatment options. Norwood Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Additional information is available at 


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