This year’s Massachusetts Health Council (MHC) Award Dinner takes place tomorrow at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. In light of MHC’s long-term mission of prevention and wellness, this year’s gala theme promotes healthy living, healthy eating and nutrition. What better way to celebrate than by honoring individuals and organizations who promote these critical health care priorities by example every day?

Washington Post journalist E.J. Dionne will present MHC’s newest award, the Bertram A. Yaffe Prevention Advocacy Award to Walter Willett, MD, MHP, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the single-most cited nutritionist in the world, and sought-out expert on the topic of health and nutrition. Celebrity Chef Lydia Shire will create the healthy, delicious dinner menu and this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies is practicing physician and television medical correspondent Dr. Mallika Marshall. Individual award winners include: Timothy Johnson, MD and former ABC Medical Correspondent; Joyce Murphy, MPA and Executive Vice Chancellor, Commonwealth Medicine University of Massachusetts medical School; Sally Sampson, Founder and President of ChopChop Magazine.

We are so proud of our client, Lahey Health, which will receive the corporate award for best workplace wellness program. In 2012, Lahey Health took real steps to create a culture of health, and to serve as role models for their patients by introducing a comprehensive, multi-stage wellness program, Live Better. Lahey continues to promote healthy living through Live Better.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the event features our favorite part of the evening — a hospital chef competition. Day in and day out, hospital and healthcare facility chefs have to follow strict nutritional guidelines—and make delicious food. At the MHC dinner, 12 healthcare culinary teams from across the state defy the stereotypes of bland hospital food and compete to be the “best of the best” culinary artist in Massachusetts’ healthcare industry. This competition will be judged by Lydia Shire, Former Patriots Superstar Jarvis Green, medical correspondent Mallika Marshall and Boston Herald columnist Erica Corsano.

We are honored to sponsor an event that supports a group as meaningful and impactful as MHC. Look for live updates from the event on our twitter handle and join in the conversation online using the hashtag #MHCgala14.