The menu at all canteens and mess outlets on the premises of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) will include traditional and healthy food. The hospital administration has made suggestions of healthy recipes and has asked the outlets to choose from five healthy snacks, five meals and 10 beverages.
With November 14 being observed as World Diabetes Day, RGGGH dean R. Jayanthi said they decided to introduce healthy options in all canteens, restaurants and students mess, including at the hostels, as part of the ‘Eat Right Movement’. In line with the motto of eat right and eat healthy, all eateries on the premises will have healthy food choices.
“We want the public to be health conscious. So, we have suggested recipes including millet-based ones as options to these outlets. These will be offered in addition to the regular food items. We have given details on the calories and protein in these recipes,” she said. The food items included varagu idly, thinai idly, roasted ragi puttu, samai pongal, green gram sundal, multi millet sprouts, kollu chutney, millet chicken biryani, kollu rasam, mint juice and sukku malli coffee.
On the occasion, the Institute of Diabetology of RGGGH observed World Diabetes Day by organising a ‘Diabetic Food Festival’ at the ‘Red Fort’ building of Madras Medical College. A ‘diabetes exhibition’ competition for undergraduate medical students was conducted, and teams prepared and displayed models, charts and posters in stalls. A cooking competition was also conducted for UG medical students, nursing students and patients in separate categories.
Rotary International District 3232 partnered with Madhav Diabetes Centre in association with Rotary Club of Chennai Noble Heart organised a walk to create awareness on the challenges posed by non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases and cancer. Pamphlets were distributed to the public. The walk was flagged off by G. Chandramohan, district governor, RI District 3232, a press release said.