Food and Nutrition
Good nutrition is essential for all of us. Finding helpful nutrition information and learning good diet habits helps maintain good health and can also lead to better management of some health conditions. For instance, eating right can help promote better cardiovascular health.
Fresh, Healthy Food
Mercy Medical Center's Food and Nutrition Services continues to increase the healthy items that are served. In the fall of 2011, the department went fryer-free, using ovens to provide a healthier option for fried foods. The department also has incorporated fresher foods into the menu, using fresh vegetables rather than frozen and locally grown produce – nearly 20,000 pounds of local produce in the past year.
We also offer a full room service menu to our patients 24 hours per day, depending on their dietary restrictions. Guests may also purchase trays to be delivered to the room or enjoy our cafeteria. Patients rate our services as very good, which is reflected in our patient satisfaction scores.
Nutrition Education & Counseling
Mercy provides nutrition education and counseling through our Nutrition Services' outpatient counseling. Our registered and licensed dietitians are experienced in counseling people with special diet needs or anyone seeking guidance in sound nutrition. Call (319) 221-8610 for more information.
Mercy dietitians can help you manage your nutrition needs, from physician-prescribed diets to heart-health eating, weight concerns and overall healthy eating. Learn more about Mercy's Weight Loss Program.