Lifesum , a nutrition app that offers personalized diet plans, and Diet-to-Go, a meal delivery service, are providing free, healthy meals to nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the new initiative — Buy a Healthy Meal, Give a Healthy Meal — consumers can purchase a Healthy Meals bundle for themselves, which includes a week of ready-to-eat meals, as well as a free three-month subscription to Lifesum Premium.
For every Healthy Meals bundle purchased on Lifesum via lifesum.com/diettogo, Lifesum and Diet-to-Go are donating and delivering $100 in meals to hospital workers. In addition, Lifesum will give every employee at Medstar Washington Hospital Center a free Lifesum Premium subscription for three months.
Diet-to-Go CEO Hilton Davis said this meal outreach program to healthcare practitioners will continue throughout the month of May — or longer if this pandemic continues.
“Diet-to-Go and Lifesum wanted to find a way to show our gratitude to our nurses, doctors and healthcare practitioners on the front lines,” Davis said. “We believe this outreach program will be able to serve thousands of healthcare workers on the front lines based on the number of meals that are already being delivered throughout the metro DC area.”
Lifesum CEO Henrik Torstensson said the free Lifesum premium subscription will give healthcare workers a mobile tool to help them eat healthier and create healthier meals when they are away from work.
“We are so grateful to our nurses and doctors working nonstop to keep us healthy,” said Torstensson. “Everyone at Lifesum wanted to show our appreciation for their sacrifice, so we are giving them a 3-month premium subscription for free. This is our way of saying thank you. We hope Lifesum brings some balance to their life outside of work.”
The White House Coronavirus Task Force recently named Washington D.C as potentially the next big hot spot for the coronavirus, putting many of these communities and healthcare workers at even greater risk. There are 31,315 nurses in Washington, D.C. alone, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Staying Healthy on the Front Lines
Lifesum’s in-house Registered Dietitian Kajsa Ernestam said it’s imperative for healthcare practitioners to make sure they are eating and drinking throughout the day to ensure they are meeting their energy needs. She added that a well-balanced diet and good nutritional status is very important for supporting a strong immune system.
“It’s important for nurses and doctors on the front line to eat healthy, especially with the amount of stress and long hours of work they are facing,” Ernestam said. “Even simple acts, like drinking enough water, can be easily forgotten during the day, but are extremely important in order to be able to maintain energy levels and stay healthy.”
Davis said every meal Diet-to-Go prepares and delivers to Medstar Washington Hospital Center is a healthy meal, packed with the recommended nutrients for the day.
For more information about the partnership or to purchase a Healthy Meals bundle, visit lifesum.com/diettogo.
Diet-to-Go, founded in 1991, is a meal delivery company focused on making healthy eating both easy and affordable. The company aims to eliminate the stressful planning, preparing and time wasted shopping for groceries. Customers choose from an award-winning menu and customize a plan that fits their palate and lifestyle.
Whether the user’s goal is to get fitter, lose weight or just lead a healthier lifestyle, Lifesum shows consumers how changing small habits and implementing them in everyday life can improve their overall health. Lifesum emphasizes the nutritional value of food and continually gives users personalized feedback, helping them evaluate what works for them so they can successfully reach their health goals.
Roughly 40 million consumers log what they eat and drink, when they exercise, their weight and other lifestyle habits on Lifesum. Lifesum ranks in the Top 10 in the Health & Fitness section in the App Store and is the Editors’ Choice on Google Play.
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.