BeWell Promotes a Healthier You

BeWell is an Elior North America program that recognizes food as a powerful influence on the health and wellness of our seniors and medical staff! Our BeWell approach is designed to help our customers choose well when they dine with us. By shaping our dining environment to influence the healthy choice and fashioning our BeWell options as convenient, attractive and normal, we make the healthy choice the easy choice.  Many of Cura’s culinary teams present BeWell recipes during entertaining culinary demonstrations. For example, Chef Dennis Rivera from Phoebe Terrace in Allentown, PA, presents BeWell monthly where he prepares BeWell recipes “live” in front of residents who enjoy his cooking, social distanced, in the lobby.

During the month of September, Chef Dennis presented a beautifully displayed Tuscan spaghetti squash with kale. This delicious and healthy option was well received by residents.  In October, Chef Dennis and Mark Gellert, director of dining services, were at it again when they prepared and presented mini salmon turmeric almond cakes over blackberry spinach salad for residents in attendance to enjoy!

In other BeWell news, residents at Menno Haven in Chambersburg, PA, enjoyed Brussels sprouts, a BeWell ingredient which is rich in antioxidants and high in fiber!  Jeremy Fry, Cura general manager of dining, served a Scottish Egg with roasted Brussels on whole grain with mustard drizzle.  Residents were also tempted with a salad tossed with lean chicken breast, thinly shaved Brussels sprouts, shaved parmesan, candied walnuts, dried cherries and bacon, topped with a house-made apple vinaigrette!

BeWell was also incorporated with a “Plant of Action” promotion at Holy Redeemer Health System at Meadowbrook in PA.  The Plant of Action station featured vegan, vegetarian & gluten free options for patients, nurses and doctors. Emma, our intern, even developed marketing materials to promote the event!  Check out the grilled vegetable panini with yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant and red peppers with guacamole and shredded mozzarella on a gluten free flatbread.  Plant of Action also featured a white bean (cannellini) meatball that consisted of garlic cloves, beans, basil, thyme, oregano, oats, nutritional yeast and lemon juice.
At Presbyterian Senior Living at Windy Hill in Philipsburg, PA, Jeff Boggie, director of dining, and Jeff Kline, assistant director of dining, hosted a farmers market day for their independent living residents!  Residents were able to purchase a variety of fresh local produce and boxes of freshly prepared grilled vegetables.  The BeWell program was incorporated as a way to educate residents on how to eat healthier!
BeWell November Highlights
The Cura team at Pickering Manor in Newtown, PA, used BeWell to leverage their American Diabetes promotion where our chef prepared bang bang chicken prepared with lean chicken breast, tahini, low sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, sriracha, black pepper, shredded iceberg and shredded romaine, peeled and sliced cucumbers and carrots, and green onions!