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May 22, 2023/News Releases

Cleveland Clinic and Nestlé USA Partner on Meal Delivery Wellness Program

First-of-its-kind pilot program will combine delivery ​and ​e-coaching with potential future expansion

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Cleveland Clinic is partnering with Nestlé USA to launch a first-of-its-kind pilot program providing no-cost frozen meal delivery ​via Instacart​​ ​to Cleveland Clinic employees as part of a weight management program.

Participants receive e-coaching from a certified health coach for weight management through Cleveland Clinic’s employee health plan. Now, in addition to coaching, they will receive 10 dietitian-approved, frozen prepared meals from Nestlé USA every two weeks for three months at no cost to them. The meals will be delivered via Instacart biweekly from local grocery stores. The program will give participants Instacart Health Fresh Funds – category-specific virtual stipends – to pay for the frozen meals.

Cleveland Clinic and Nestlé USA dietitians chose meals that meet Cleveland Clinic nutrition criteria, from Sweet Earth®Foods, LEAN CUISINE® and LIFE CUISINE®. Participants also will receive education on how to fit these meals into their overall eating plan.

Following the 12-week pilot, Cleveland Clinic and Nestle will assess results and jointly explore ways to expand this frozen meal/coaching program to not only patients and caregivers within Cleveland Clinic, but to employers and consumers.

“We are pleased to begin this partnership and think creatively about how to help individuals feel their best and stay healthy,” said Robert Saper, M.D., chair of Wellness and Preventive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. “With this pilot program, we are hoping to determine if offering delivered, pre-portioned meals along with e-coaching is more effective than e-coaching alone in helping our employees meet their weight goals.

The pilot will measure how the meals impact engagement in e-coaching, how often people are ordering meals, and pre- and post-program weight.

“Planning and preparing nutritionally balanced meals is often a time-consuming and arduous step for people looking to manage certain health conditions. Frozen entrees can help alleviate that pain point, providing a delicious, balanced and convenient solution,” said Tom Moe, president, Nestlé Meals Division. “By leveraging Nestle’s insights as the world’s largest food and beverage company, and Cleveland Clinic’s expertise in health and wellness, this innovative partnership offers us the opportunity to understand how we can better support people on their health journey.”

Nestlé is providing funding for the meals and delivery as part of this pilot program. 

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,665-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 22 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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About Nestlé USA

Nestlé USA is committed to unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. The company’s food and beverage portfolio is in nearly every home in the U.S. and includes some of the most recognizable brands such as Coffee mate, DiGiorno and Nestlé Toll House as well as category disrupters like Essentia and Sweet Earth. Nestlé USA also boasts the largest coffee portfolio in the U.S. with Nescafé, and Starbucks Coffee. As part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — Nestlé USA has been named among Fast Company’s “Best Workplace for Innovators” for three consecutive years. For more information, visit Nestleusa.com.

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