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Wings, St. Joseph Mercy launch “Healthy Choice” program

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are proud to announce the “Healthy Choice” program designed to highlight and label more than 50 healthy food options within Joe Louis Arena during Red Wings home games and all Olympia Entertainment sporting and entertainment events held at The Joe.

"As one of the major health systems in southeast Michigan, we live our mission by leading the way in providing a variety of wellness options to the communities we serve," said Rob Casalou, regional president and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. "We want to help our community stay well and out of the hospital by encouraging fitness and eating great, fresh food no matter where they are."

In partnership with St. Joe's, the Red Wings will label healthy choice options, which are based on guidelines set by the American Heart Association (AHA), by marking those items with the St. Joe’s logo. This designation will appear on concession menus located on the Joe Louis Arena concourse, as well as suite and restaurant menus within the International Bancard Olympia Club, Comerica Bank Legends Club and the Rehmann Suite Level.

“The Red Wings players view their meals as an opportunity to fuel each day with energy-boosting, nutritious and flavorful foods, and it makes sense to provide similar healthy options to Red Wings fans attending games at Joe Louis Arena,” said Lisa McDowell, Red Wings team nutritionist and a board certified specialist in sports dietetics as well as director of clinical nutrition with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

All approved items meet the AHA requirements for low sodium, saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol, and are dense in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Available healthy food options include Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad and Fruit Cups on the concourse; Cedar Plank Orange Glazed Salmon and Black Bean Burgers on the Rehman Suite Level; and Seafood Quesadillas and Grilled Mahi Mahi in the International Bancard Olympia Club. For a full list of “Healthy Choice” options, visit www.detroitredwings.com/healthychoice.

McDowell worked closely with Joe Louis Arena chefs to review all meals offered onsite this season, and determined more than 50 items that will be stamped with the St. Joe's logo as a healthy choice. Through this process, recipes were adapted to ensure a healthier meal without compromising flavor, such as modifying a salad dressing to incorporate more balsamic vinegar and less oil. If a meal does not meet healthy guidelines, it is still available but does not have the St. Joe's stamp of approval displayed next to it on the menu.


About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 164-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 113-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,697 beds, have six outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $133 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health care system in the country. Based in Livonia, Mich., Trinity Health operates in 21 states, employs about 89,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $13.6 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion. Additionally, the new organization returns almost $900 million to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

About The Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com.

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