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Hospitals & Healthy Food

July 2015

People switching from eating bad to good food will transform not only our health but also our economy. Often among the largest institutional food buyers, healthcare systems can have great influence. And each meal for patients, staff and visitors becomes a potential teachable moment. So to promote health, hospitals are starting inside their own walls and joining forces with efforts in their communities.

10 Ways Hospitals can Promote Healthy Food

A growing number of healthcare systems are promoting healthy eating in their communities. And they're coming at it from a number of angles. Here are a few of the things they're doing.

Links: Hospitals & Healthy Food

This month’s Stakeholder Health E-Zine is centered on the ways in which hospitals can partner with healthy food initiatives in order to improve the health of their patients. Here are some great links. 

Food Prescriptions

Use Healthy Food to Manage Chronic Disease and Improve Community Health. Food Prescription programs make it easier for low-income patients and their families to access the fresh fruits and vegetables they need in order to ensure that they are eating balanced, healthy diets.

Make the Healthy Food Pledge!
The Healthy Food Pledge outlines steps health care providers can take to improve community health by helping patients better manage chronic diseases. Stakeholder Health is proud to work with a growing number of hospitals that have already committed.

Oust the Fast Food!

Hospitals replacing disease-friendly food with health-friendly food are modeling good diets and creating valuable “teachable moments,” especially as they explain to their staff, patients and visitors why they are making the shift.

ProMedica: Connect Food and Health

ProMedica's Randy Oostra is passionate about the role of a good diet on health. In "A Case to End U.S. Hunger Using Collaboration to Improve Population Health" he calls on healthcare system leaders to “recognize that lacking nutritious food to eat is a dire public health concern” for the more than 17 million U.S. households facing hunger. 

CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator

The much anticipated CHI Navigator is a website for people who lead or participate in community health improvement work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. It’s now live!

Upcoming Events

Forum on Population Equity
Boston, MA
September 10-11, 2015
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September 24-26

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FaithHealth Learning Forum
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
October 11-12
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October 26-27.

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