It took us a year to get there…but it is done! The plant-based menu is now available at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida for cardiac and vascular patients.
Usually, patients come onto the cardiac and vascular floors and get treated for their illnesses with medications and surgical procedures which are important and often life-saving. However, in most hospitals, there is limited to no education on lifestyle changes patients can make to be healthier after they leave the hospital-to empower people to help in their healing process. At Shands Hospital, patients will now receive education on lifestyle changes they can make to heal their bodies. Changes such as more activity, stress reduction, need for sleep and importantly, proper nutrition will be discussed. Multiple modalities of education will be provided; namely, the new plant-based menu, an education packet will be given to patients providing practical tools to make changes, patients will meet educators, and shown educational movies. So excited about all of these changes!