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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Kicks Off Grab n Go Campaign in Cafeterias


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Pictured, Christina Reynolds, director hospitality services, UPMC Chautauqua WCA; Justin Zimmerman, cook; Shelly Wells, RN, community project coordinator, New York State Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Chautauqua County Health Network; Kathy Burch, administrative director, Chautauqua County Health Network; and Toni DeAngelo, RN, community health and wellness director, UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (Monday, April 3, 2017)—The UPMC Chautauqua WCA wellness team in partnership with Chautauqua County Health Network—New York State Creating Healthy Schools and Communities—kicked off Grab n Go eating for good health campaign in the hospital cafeterias.  The workplace initiative promotes healthy eating by incorporating fresh, low calorie food options wrapped in convenient to-go packages.

As hospital wellness teams are taking a leadership role in promoting healthier food and beverage choices through community outreach education and patient counseling, hospitals are transforming their own Cafeterias to ensure that healthy options are available in hospital cafeterias and vending machines.

“Our intention is prevention,” said Toni DeAngelo, RN, community health and wellness director, who accepted the 2016 Healthiest Large Employer Award by BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST on behalf of the hospital.  “Good nutrition as well as regular exercise not only affects the waistline, it helps control cholesterol levels and blood pressure, lowers the risk for type 2 diabetes, and has shown to extend life expectancy among numerous other benefits.  As a large employer recognized as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard Employer, our responsibility and objective is to create an environment of wellness.  The cafeteria Grab n Go campaign is a big hit!  It’s fast, affordable, healthy, delicious, and encourages good dietary behaviors.”

The Grab n Go meals are prepared daily by the UPMC Chautauqua WCA food service team and wrapped in handy, to-go boxes for people on the go.  “Thanks in part to a grant funded by the New York State Creating Healthy Schools and Communities through the Chautauqua County Health Network health partners, the meals are provided in an open refrigerated cooler so staff can grab the meal and go,” Toni said.  “Today’s world is about convenience, simplicity, and proximity.  This new meal campaign redefines convenience from the staff’s point of view.”

“UPMC Chautauqua WCA gets it,” added Shelly Wells, community project coordinator for community-related activities with Chautauqua County Health Network.  “They uncovered the perfect formula —good food at a minimal cost that is convenient and accessible for people on the go in a busy world.”

The $5 Grab n Go meals include fresh sandwiches, sub sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, fresh fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, and mealtime entrees.  All meals are less than 500 calories each and include bottled water.  As an incentive to eat healthy, if staff purchases ten meals, the eleventh meal is free.

To learn all of the ways UPMC Chautauqua WCA commits to community and workplace wellness, read 2016 WCA Community Health and Wellness Report on the hospital website at


About UPMC Community Benefits

Nearly 600 UPMC Chautauqua WCA residents received essential diagnostic information through screenings in 2016.  Health screenings are a small part of the more than $892 million a year that UPMC provides in total IRS-defined community benefits, including more care to the Pittsburgh region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution.  Over the past five years, UPMC has dedicated nearly $4 billion to community-focused programs and services, making a substantial impact for the well-being of the people who live, work, learn and raise their families in Pennsylvania.  The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report is available online at



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