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32 TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26 2008 HEALTH & FITNESS " Beebe serves locally grown produce to patients, visitors and staff members Beebe Medical Center an- nounced its Nutritional Services Department is serving locally grown fruits and vegetables to patients, visitors, employees and medical staff. The department plans to continue to serve the seasonal items through the sum- mer and fall months. "We wanted to partner with our local farms and offer our pa- tients, visitors and team mem- bers the opportunity to enjoy the great taste of the locally grown produce that arrives here straight from the farm. It's not only an effort to improve the nu- tritional status of our customers but also to support local farmers in growing healthy fruits and vegetables," said Kathi Fryling, RD, director of nutritional serv- ices. The Nutritional Services De- partment operates the Sunshine Caf6 and the Captain's Crew Cafe in the Beebe Medical Cen- ter main campus on Savannah Road in Lewes, prepares meals daily for inpatients, outpatients, employees, visitors and physi- cians, in addition to catering meals for hospital meetings and other events. The department also employs a team of medical nutrition therapists, also known as registered dietitians, who work throughout Beebe Medical Center providing nutrition sup- port to a variety of customers. Since mid-April, the Nutrition- al Department has included as- paragus and strawberries from Fifer Orchards of Wyoming in the salad bar and on the steam table. Local produce also has been available for purchase in the Sunshine Caf6. Locally grown spinach, radishes, peas and scallions have recently been added to the offering. There are plans to also offer green beans, blueberries, eggplant, green pep- pers, apples, peaches, tomatoes, potatoes and cantaloupe, and other Delaware crops as the growing season continues. "It's going very well," said Fryling. "Our purchases of the local items available have ex- ceeded our expectations in vol- ume moved. Our customers dai- ly share how much they are en- joying the local products and ask what's next. It's been great." Mary Fennemore, an owner of Fifer Orchards, which has been in the same family since 1919, said she was happy to have the oppor- tunity to supply Beebe Medical Center. "It's out first hospital," she said. "We have seen real growth in recent years in consumer de- mand for locally grown pro- duceo" The family farm also sells its produce to large supermarkets, as well as to Willey Farms in Townsend and Lloyds IGA in Lewes. It sells directly to con- sumers at Filer Orchards' Coun- try Store located on the home farm in Wyoming, at Fifer Or- chards' Local-Fresh Market in Dewey Beach and at farmers' markets in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. The Nutritional Department plans to purchase tomatoes, po- tatoes and melons from Kalmar Farms of Harrington, which also sells fruits and vegetables through local farmers markets and Lloyds IGA. BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER'S decision toserve locally grown produce in its food- service facilities not only is better for patients but alsO supports local farmers. Summer Health Fair set June 28 in Georgetown La Red Health Center will host a Summer Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 28, at 504 W. Market St., George- town. The event will include free screenings for blood sugar, cho- lesterol, vision, bone density, HIV, skin cancer and smoking cessation. The first 100 visitors will re- ceive a jump rope or bike helmet. For more information, call 855- 1233. [