A Produce Cart comes to UMHS

If you frequent the University of Michigan Health System and, like me, have been occasionally frustrated by the inconvenient distance to grocery stores (don’t even get me started on restaurants…oh those lucky folks who work downtown!), there’s good news on the horizon!

A new initiative from MHealthy and UMHS is bringing a local produce card to the Taubman Center, ever Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm, June 21 to mid-October. This is a nice complement to MHealthy’s Summer Series – 30 minute events every Wednesday to help establish smart eating habits. You can attend in person, or online; dates, times, and registration for Summer Series are available here. While you’re at the cart or just thinking about your grocery list in general, consider visiting the USDA’s site Choose My Plate for tips on everything from healthy eating on a budget to portion sizes to food & exercise tracking.

Fruit & vegetable basket
“Fruit & vegetable basket” by Muammerokomus  (2008) CC BY-SA 2.0

Find out more about the cart on MHealthy’s site here, and the full story from University Human Resources news is included below:

Produce Cart offers fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables at UMHS every Thursday!

The Produce Cart gives members of the university community working in and around the hospital a convenient option to buy fresh, locally grown produce. The Produce Cart is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. through mid October and is located on south end of the Taubman Health Center level 2, near the Go Brew coffee kiosk.

“Our faculty and staff community has asked for healthy food options, and we’ve listened,” says Tony Denton, Executive Director of University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer of UMHHC. “The Produce Cart will have fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables for sale every week. I invite everyone to stop by.”

“The consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to reduce the risk of some chronic diseases. Most produce is naturally low in fat, calories and sodium, but rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber,” says Joyce Kerestes, Director of Patient Food and Nutrition Services.

The Produce Cart is a partnership between MHealthy, UMHS and food vendor Aramark. In addition to produce, there will also be healthy recipes specific to the available bounty and the first 500 shoppers will receive a complimentary reusable shopping bag with purchase.  In addition, the UH café will have a featured menu item to highlight the produce being offered that day.

“We’re excited to offer our colleagues this option and we expect things to go quickly,” says Erica Wald, Manager of Nutrition and Weight Management Services for MHealthy. “The cart is scheduled to be open until 1 p.m., but once the produce is gone, it’s gone. So be sure to shop early.”

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