UnityPoint Health® Registered Dietitians Bring Nutrition Lessons to Life with Campus Gardens
UnityPoint Health® registered dietitians are teaching patients fresh organic eating with the use of hospital campus gardens. Registered dietitians are growing fresh seasonal produce to use in nutrition program classes. The campus gardens have grown in popularity and success expanding to team member use.
“It’s been four summers since our gardens have been up and running. The Methodist garden did so well we asked the maintenance department at Proctor to kindly build us two raised beds,” says Carly Klaus, UnityPoint Health Registered Dietitian.
The idea stemmed from a team brainstorm to find ways to make patient nutrition classes more hands on using quality ingredients. Located right outside the two campus cafeterias, UnityPoint Health registered dietitians maintain the gardens. The extra produce is given to food services to use for the doctor’s lounge and employee appreciation grill out days.
“Our gardens have been a positive asset to our team member’s body and mind wellbeing. Employees are able to grab produce if they would like. I’ve also seen several employees enjoy spending time in the garden when they sit outside for lunch and try the cherry tomatoes,” Klaus says.
The gardens’ produce varies year by year as Klaus and her team experiment gardening different vegetables. They’ve grown tomatoes, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, brussel sprouts, and beets as well as herbs like basil, oregano, parsley, cilantro, and mint.
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