ELIZABETH, NJ - The American Heart Association (AHA) recently honored Trinitas Regional Medical Center for its impact in increasing standards in food and nutrition among health care systems in New Jersey.

Trinitas was the first hospital in the state to use AHA’s new Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit, which was designed to help organizations improve their food environment and promote a culture of health.  The toolkit provides practical action steps and suggestions that are easy to understand and apply. 

Combined with the internal expertise and resources of the Food and Nutrition Department, Trinitas was able to achieve a positive impact from healthier vending machine options, catered specials events, and even free nutrition seminars for the community.

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According to Nancy DiLiegro, Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Operations and Physicians Services, the use of this toolkit was essential to Trinitas’ mission as a health care provider.

“We pride ourselves on providing quality, nutritious options to our patients and guests,”  DiLiegro said. “We want to be the example of healthy living from the food we eat to the lifestyles we lead.”

DiLiegro is a board member for the AHA’s Founders Affiliate for eight states.

The AHA thanked and acknowledged Trinitas for its leadership and commitment to building a healthier environment for employees, patients, visitors and the community.

Michelle Ali, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Trinitas, lauded the team.

 “We have a great team within the Food and Nutrition department,” Ali said. “Each person shares a passion for food and clean eating. Our team even hosts free events to show the community first-hand how to meal prep and make healthy choices.”

Trinitas hosts a variety of free community health seminars monthly on a variety of topics, each backed by a Trinitas expert that includes valuable resources for attendees.

Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) President and CEO Gary Horan said, “It is important to strengthen the chain of survival in our community. This toolkit brings the chain full circle by incorporating healthy dietary guidelines for the hospital to implement and share with the community.”