PLAINVIEW, N.Y.—In the summer of 2014, Andrew Turner’s doctor delivered some bad news. His cholesterol was too high and his doctor wanted to put him on medication. “I really wanted to avoid taking pills,” explained Turner, a Release Management Lead in Services and Technology’s Distribution and Marketing Services at T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills, MD. “So I made a deal with [the doctor] that I would start taking better care of myself and lower my cholesterol in six months instead of taking pills.”
Turner began to assess his eating habits and quickly realized that lunch was his worst meal of the day, often purchasing some form of fast food off campus. To coincide with Turner’s new goals, T. Rowe Price had just chartered new territory with CulinArt Group in incentivizing its healthy options in the Colorado and Maryland cafes. As such, offerings from CulinArt’s signature Eat Well program were discounted while other menu mainstays slightly increased in price. Lower café prices on healthy meals made it that much easier for Turner to make the switch from fast food lunches to nutritious meals right “at home.”
“I turned my worst meal into my best,” Turner said. “The price was cut substantially and it made the choice easier.” In fact, many of the cafés’ healthy selections are subsidized below market rates. All are easy to identify with CulinArt’s Eat Well logo displayed throughout the café, on marketing collateral and on weekly menus so guests can plan ahead of time what meals will work for them. Turner noted that his typical lunch now consists of a salad or a salad accompanied by soup, a side of beans, or a side of vegetables.
“CulinArt has done a nice job of providing reasonably sized and priced healthy options,” concurred Michelle Tracy, head of Global Benefits. “Our associates are our most valuable asset, and we care about their health and happiness,” Tracy continued. “By offering wellness programs, our intent is to improve their well-being, which also has a positive downstream effect on our business.”
As promised, Turner met with his doctor to have his cholesterol checked. It was lowered enough that he was able to avoid cholesterol medication. Turner credited CulinArt’s discounted Eat Well offerings, as well as other lifestyle shifts such as exercise and regular checkups to achieving his goal.
CulinArt Group’s Eat Well program encourages guests to maintain a healthy lifestyle—one that incorporates balanced food choices, regular exercise, and an overall attention to living well. Eat Well recipes strive to incorporate whole, naturally flavorful and nutritious foods prepared with healthful cooking methods. Eat Well from-scratch creations contain: Beneficial sources of fat including nuts, seeds and other plant sources, less than 10% of calories from saturated fat and 0 artificial trans fat, less than 800mg of sodium per serving on entrees and main dishes, less than 8g of added sugar (the equivalent of approximately 2 teaspoons), and at least 3g of dietary fiber per serving.
CulinArt Group continues to develop wellness programs and materials that promote a positive lifestyle and enable our guests to live and eat well.