Fryer-less February for Heart Health!

Want to get healthier? Kick fried foods to the curb for your best mental and physical health. Fried foods don’t just feed your waistline, they can also cause heart disease, exacerbate high blood pressure, clog arteries, and tend to be “trigger foods” for those who suffer from acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Here are a few fried food facts:

  • Fried foods clog arteries and have been linked to strokes, heart attacks, aneurysms, and Alzeimer’s.
  • Fried foods can promote inflammation in joints – especially among arthritis sufferers.
  • Eating fried foods regularly can make achieving normal blood sugar levels and weight loss more difficult for some people with type 2 diabetes.

To help combat the variety of health effects associated with fried foods, Bon Scours has embarked on a journey to improve the overall health and well-being of our employees: fryer-less February.

Bon Secours food service departments have made a number of changes to menus to reduce unhealthy food and increase more healthy food choices. One of those changes was to dramatically reduce the amount of fried foods offered in our facility cafes.

While Bon Secours has made great strides to reduce our fried foods purchases, the health system is taking another step and not offering any fried food items in the dining area during the entire month of February.  Instead, healthier alternatives, like baked french fries, will be served.

+ Learn more about health initiatives at Bon Secours Hampton Roads.

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