University Hospital-Columbia Debuts Healthy Dining Cafe

University Hospital in Columbia, MO, part of the University of Missouri Health Care system, has opened Essentials, a new healthy dining oriented retail café operation. Located in the hospital’s main lobby, it replaces a 20-year-old cafeteria that had menued mostly traditional fried foods in a buffet serving style at odds with the hospital’s emphasis on healthful eating.

The $350,000 renovation project took out all the fryers in favor of prep equipment that produces items with fewer ca

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