Meals on Wheels People menus follow the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) menu pattern. Research has shown that people who follow a low sodium diet and the DASH diet receive the biggest benefit in lowering blood pressure and may help to prevent the development of high blood pressure. The DASH diet includes increased fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, nuts and whole grains. All menus are approved by a Registered Dietitian and meet 1/3 of the recommended daily caloric requirements.
The Meals on Wheels People DASH menus support chronic disease management of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. In addition, a “Soft” diet is available for clients with digestive and oral problem. The “Soft” diet will not include raw food items or general dietary irritants.
All Meals on Wheels clients receive the DASH menu pattern or the option of the “Soft” diet. Two entrée options are served in our dining centers and may also include salad bars and ethnic menus.