Terrebonne General Medical Center Encourages Mardi Gras Health


Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) is celebrating Mardi Gras season with the rest of Louisiana. Carnival is a time when diets, resolutions, and self-restraint are tempted by King Cake, flavorful daiquiris, and the irresistible smell of street vendor foods. TGMC’s commitment to health and wellness extends beyond the hospital. While we encourage MardiGras revelers to treat themselves in the spirit of the season, it’s important to remember to indulge in moderation.

TGMC’s Healthy Lifestyles Center has a feast for your eyes—the caloric realities of your favorite treats and what it takes to burn it off.

  • Fried Chicken Breast: 320 calories - Jog for 70 minutes
  • Grilled Chicken Breast: 220 calories - 30 minutes of squats
  • Light beer: 100 calories - 20 minutes of jumping jacks
  • Corn dog: 350 calories - walk for 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Small 20 oz. Daiquiri: 1,100 calories - 4 hours of dancing
  • King cake slice (2.5 inch) 250 calories - Cajun two-step for 50 minutes
  • Polish sausage dog: 745 calories - walk for 2 hours and 52 minutes
  • Hot dog (12 inch) w/chili: 734 calories - run for 1 hour, 24 minutes
  • Chicken on a stick: 390 calories - jog for 1hour, 8 minutes
  • Shrimp on a stick: 305 calories - 45 minutes of squats
  • Nachos: 720 calories - walk for 2 hours, 47 minutes
  • Popcorn: 285 calories - 570 pushups
  • Caramel corn: 420 calories - 84 minutes of jumping jacks
  • Funnel cake: 825 calories - 1 hour and 42 minutes of jumping rope

“It’s hard for people to understand just how much sweat-time is needed to compensate for all the indulgent foods,” said Zachary Voss, Health and Sports Performance Specialist for the TGMC Healthy Lifestyles Center. “But, every bite matters. The key is to prepare healthy snacks ahead of time and practice moderation for those less healthy options.Instead of eating a whole piece of king cake, have one or two bites.”

“Smart food choices and healthy living falls in line with the overall culture at TGMC,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO of TGMC. “We’re so thankful to have health specialists on hand to remind us that healthy living should not take a hiatus during holidays. TGMC wishes everyone a very happy and healthy MardiGras.”


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