March 30, 2020 at 8:45 PM EDT — Updated March 30 at 11:35 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) — The Charleston Hospitality Group is working to make sure healthcare workers and laid-off hospitality employees aren’t going hungry.

On Monday, the group launched the “Full Belly, Full Hearts” campaign to feed those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

The group recently had to lay off about 330 employees because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After that, the CEO of the company says he was trying to think of what they could do to help those employees out.

“I was thinking the least I could do for the employees is give them a meal based on what we have,” CHG CEO Sam Mustafa said. “I thought this was a great mission to do in difficult times and it’s our chance to do something for the community.” …

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Following the cancellation of Restaurant Week due to COVID-19, Charleston Hospitality Group is offering another initiative.

The group announced Thursday that “Eat Local. Dine or Dash” will take place Sept. 8–30.

The more than three-week event will feature discounted, prix-fixe three and four-course menus at several restaurants.

“Restaurant Week has been a tradition for as long as I can remember and upon hearing the news of the recent cancellation, we decided to adopt a new way of celebrating and focus not just on the traditional dine-in experience, but the myriad of ways that people can enjoy a local meal while limiting exposure and observing health and safety measures,” stated Sam Mustafa, CEO of Charleston Hospitality Group. …

Assuming that going on a diet means giving up all the tasty foods you love, would make anyone dread having to be on one. Fortunately, for those us who “live to eat”, there are various ways to maintain your health without compromising the taste and quality of your food! Sam Mustafa, restaurant owner of Tabbuli, a tapas Mediterranean restaurant in Charleston, raves about Mediterranean Diets and how beneficial it is for your health, and not to mention how delicious it is!

Who knew a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants could all be incorporated into a flavorful mediterranean dish? Mediterranean Diets mostly consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and seafoods found in the Mediterranean region. This combined with a bit of cheese, yogurt and wine makes for the perfect meal to prevent and combat chronic diseases associated with poor dieting choices. Here are some positive long-term effects a Mediterranean Diet can have on your health:

Strengthens the Heart

A study reveals people who follow the traditional Mediterranean Diet have been linked to a significant reduction in life threatening diseases, especially heart disease. Mediterranean style diets can decrease the risk of a cardiac death by 30 percent because its ingredients moderates blood pressure. …

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