National Kale Day Activities to be Celebrated at Eskenazi Health

Public invited to attend kale party on The Commonground at Eskenazi Health 

Indianapolis, Sept. 28, 2017 – National Kale Day on Wednesday, Oct. 4, will be celebrated at Eskenazi Health and everyone is invited to join the fun-filled festivities. The day will showcase kale’s incredible health benefits, highlight its culinary versatility and promote eating, growing and sharing kale throughout America.

Regarded as a super food, kale provides plant-based power in your diet that goes well beyond just standard vitamins and minerals. Kale is packed with special phytonutrient molecules, making it a power plant that can fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“Kale is a unique food entity that provides incredibly beneficial nutrients that are rarely found in any other foods,” said Amy Carter, director of outpatient nutrition at Eskenazi Health. “At Eskenazi Health, we’re dedicated to promoting healthful food offerings to our patients, visitors and staff, so it’s a natural fit for us to enthusiastically support and celebrate National Kale Day on Oct. 4.”

Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health, serves on the advisory board for Team Kale, the organizers of National Kale Day. Eskenazi Health has actively participated in National Kale Day for the past five years by serving kale in the hospital’s dining facilities, providing recipes and facts about kale to staff and patients and taking part in video streaming that will promote the powers of kale.

"Eskenazi Health is setting a standard for American health care to creatively promote wellness,” said Dr. Drew Ramsey, author of the popular cookbook “50 Shades of Kale.” “They throw the biggest, greenest, kale party in the nation every year - they even grow kale on the hospital roof. I get inspired by the Eskenazi health system. They are literally in the streets passing out kale. Let's hope this is the future of health care!"

Food demonstrations will also be available, and kale will be given out at a number of food pantries. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with jazz music provided by The Tucker Brothers Group featuring kale enthusiast Joel Tucker, who performed last year during Eskenazi Health’s Kale Day, and his brother Nick.

In addition to the kale party, Eskenazi Health is partnering with Silverthorn Farms in Rossville, Ind., that will provide the 1,500 kale bunches that will be handed out at each of the 10 Eskenazi Health Center locations, along with distributing kale throughout Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis and at area food pantries. Eskenazi Health is partnering with the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program to pass out kale on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail that seamlessly connects neighborhoods via an 8-mile world class urban bike and pedestrian path in downtown Indianapolis.

An exciting kale-inspired menu will be served in the Ingram Micro Mobility Marketplace at Eskenazi Health and Café Soleil at Eskenazi Health in the adjacent Fifth Third Bank Building on National Kale Day.

Ingram Micro Mobility Marketplace

  • Deli Station: Kale will be available as a topping at the deli station
  • Soup: Chicken Florentine Soup w/ Kale
  • Breakfast: Turkey Sausage & Kale Strata (Kale available to add to any omelet at breakfast)
  • Salad Bar: Shredded Kale, Sunflower Seeds, Craisins w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Grill Station: Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
  • Italian Station: Vegetarian Kale Pizza with Mushroom, Tomatoes, Onions and Peppers
  • Chef’s Choice Station: Kale Stuffed Pork Loin, Baked Tilapia with Lime Kale Sauce, Roasted Kale and Sunset Squash Blend, Parmesan Garlic Kale Mashed Potatoes, Kale Corn Muffins

Café Soleil

  • Breakfast: Egg and Kale Breakfast Wrap
  • Choose Health: Quinoa with Mushrooms, Kale and Sweet Potatoes
  • Daily Special: Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken served with sweet potatoes
  • Soup: Broccoli and Cheese with Kale
  • Salad Bar (total of 2 ): Kale Chicken Caesar Salad and Quinoa Salad with Kale and Feta

 Kale Day outside on The Commonground at Eskenazi Health will offer kale banana muffins, kale slaw and kale crisps.

 All of the kale, along with other produce grown on The Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health, is made available to patients, visitors and staff in various ways on the Eskenazi Health campus.

To learn more about National Kale Day and efforts throughout the country, recipes and how you can participate, please visit




For nearly 160 years, Eskenazi Health has provided high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care to the residents of Marion County and Central Indiana. Accredited by The Joint Commission, nationally recognized programs include a Level I trauma center, regional burn center, comprehensive senior care program, women’s and children’s services, teen and adolescent care programs, Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and a network of primary care sites located throughout the neighborhoods of Indianapolis known as Eskenazi Health Center. In partnership with the Regenstrief Institute, Eskenazi Health conducts groundbreaking work that informs health information technology around the globe. Eskenazi Health also serves as the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. As the public hospital division of the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), Eskenazi Health partners with the Indiana University School of Medicine whose physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services. In December 2013, Eskenazi Health moved to its new main campus and opened the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The new modern and efficient facility is Central Indiana’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold health care campus and offers unique features like a one-of-a-kind sky farm and extensive art collection. The Eskenazi Health Foundation was the recipient of $40 million gift from Indianapolis couple Sidney and Lois Eskenazi to assist with building the brand new hospital facilities. HHC recognized this generous gift by naming the new hospital and health system in the Eskenazis’ honor.

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