If hospitals celebrated their own holidays, Eskenazi Health would almost certainly make National Kale Day its annual spectacular.
On Oct. 4, as they have done the past three years, Eskenazi workers fanned out around Indianapolis, handing out more than 1,500 bunches of the dark-green leaf cabbage. They set up a kale stand on Monument Circle, and a few miles west, turned the front lawn of their hospital near the IUPUI campus into a kale celebration, with cooking demonstrations, live jazz and recipes.
Inside the hospital cafeteria, cooks served kale-stuffed pork loin, vegetarian kale pizza, kale corn muffins and kale grilled cheese sandwiches. Eskenazi workers delivered hundreds of kale-salad packages to food pantries and high schools.
Food is huge at Eskenazi, the oldest and largest public health care system in Indiana. The system—best known for its Level 1 trauma center, burn unit and community health centers—serves mostly poor and underinsured patients, many of whom have poor eating habits and chronic diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.
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