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Dining supports occupancy strategies in senior living facilities
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Two Ways That Dining In Senior Living & Long-term Care Supports Occupancy Strategies

Changing economic incentives in senior living and long-term care are forcing executives to re-examine their business models. If your community isn’t meeting occupancy goals, maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at your dining and nutritional services program. Here are two ways dining programs can support occupancy strategies, feeding your residents as well as

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Healthy beverage choices
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How to Battle Soda Fountain Syndrome and Encourage Healthier Beverage Choices

Old habits are hard to break and Americans’ addiction to soda is deeply ingrained. Foodservice companies can take a leading role in changing behaviors by providing healthy choices in commercialized environments, such as corporate and hospital dining facilities. The good news is that thoughtful changes in beverage offerings can yield positive results in employee health

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Hospital foodservice
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What are two of the biggest challenges in hospital foodservice transitions?

Seamless dining program transitions improve the customer experience and energize employees Two of the bigger challenges we typically face when Unidine assumes responsibility for a hospital’s dining program are the existing staff and the existing kitchen. This is true whether the hospital previously self-operated or outsourced to a different contract foodservice company. The first challenge

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Chef with seniors
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How To Develop a Dining Strategy for Senior Living

The demographic and generational shifts occurring in our senior population, along with changes brought about by healthcare reform, are driving business planning in senior living and long-term care. Increasingly, senior living executives are turning to dining as a strategic focus because of the tremendous influence that the program has on health, wellness, social interaction, marketing

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Foodservice operations best practices: salad bar setup
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Is Your Foodservice Customer Satisfaction Impacted By These Common Mistakes?

Merchandising Strategies That Make a Difference. Most employers today know that offering healthy, fresh food from an on-premise café can benefit both employee satisfaction and company performance. But often café managers are not taught about effective merchandising strategies that can boost sales and customer satisfaction. Here are several common mistakes, along with quick fix suggestions

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Unidine's chef prepares healthy lunch options
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Three Tips to Encourage Healthier Workplace Eating Habits

Nutrition Behavior Modification Supports Employee Wellness Cigarette smoking in offices, driving without wearing a seatbelt, biking without a helmet… In the 1980s, these were all viewed as regular everyday behaviors. Today we recognize that all are dangerous health hazards and we’ve modified behavior as a society. In 2016, we know that half of American adults

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Dining Strategy Toolkit - Senior Living
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Exploring Dining Options in Senior Living: Five Key Factors

“In the past, many senior living executives acted like food and nutrition services existed in a silo,” says Steve Servant, Senior Vice President at Unidine. “But meals aren’t only about meeting nutritional and regulatory requirements. If you are still thinking that way, you are putting your organization at risk.” Today, senior living executives know that

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2015 Dietary Guidelines: Three Simple Steps to a Healthier Workplace

The federal government recently released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines which influence nutrition recommendations for home, school, work and local communities. Two notable changes were the recommendations to limit added sugars to less than 10% of calories per day and to limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day. According to the report, 90%

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