Press Release

For Immediate Release
Feb 26, 2018
Contact : Mary Jo Layton, Hackensack Meridian Health  

Hackensack Meridian Health Launches Reshape Your Health, a Free Nutrition Program to Improve Meal Planning and Healthy Dining

Join our registered dieticians and executive chefs to learn about powerhouse foods at a series of cooking demos starting in March at various locations  

Edison, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health care network, is pleased to announce Reshape Your Health, a new nutrition program that features tips from our registered dieticians on making healthy choices at the grocery store and cooking demos with our executive chefs to help get the most out of meals.

Eight events are scheduled throughout the region beginning March 5 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick to help the public learn about different types of “powerhouse” foods to create more nutritious offerings.

“Reshape Your Health is designed to make healthy eating both delicious and informative,” said Laura Frank, vice president of community outreach and engagement, who also leads Hackensack Meridian Health’s nutrition program.

“This strategy is another example of how Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to the full continuum of care, which starts with maintaining health,” Frank said.

Healthy eating is not only beneficial to maintaining health, but can also play a role in reducing weight or improving many chronic illnesses including diabetes. Following national trends, the rate of obesity in New Jersey has continued to rise from 12.3 percent in 1995 to the current 27.4 percent. Obesity increases an individual’s risk for preventable chronic conditions.

“Since there’s no one plan that fits everyone’s dietary interests, it’s important to develop a blueprint for healthy eating that’s packed with a variety of tasty, nutrient-rich foods,” Frank said. The launch of Reshape Your Health is also in recognition of National Nutrition Month’s Go Further with Food Celebration.

The events are scheduled as followed:

  • March 5: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ocean Medical Center, Brick. East Wing Conference Room A
  • March 14: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy
  • March 21: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine, Maywood
  • March 22: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tilton Fitness, Hazlet
  • March 22: 6 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountainside Medical Center
  • April 13: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Lance Auditorium
  • April 13: Noon to 12:30 p.m. John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack
  • April 23: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Riverview Medical Center, Redbank. Booker Community Room.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; 11 community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 160 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,”one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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