Food and Healthcare Access

Hospitals exist for their community’s health. Americans switching from eating bad food (cause of a much of our bad health) to good food will transform not only our health but also our economy. Healthcare systems are often among the largest institutional food buyers. And each meal for patients, staff and visitors becomes a potential teachable moment. So to improve food and healthcare access, hospitals can start inside their own walls and quickly join forces with healthy food efforts in their communities.

 

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10 Ways Your Hospital Can Promote Healthy Food

 

Healthcare systems are often among the largest institutional food buyers. And each meal for patients, staff and visitors becomes a potential teachable moment. So to promote health, hospitals can start inside their own walls and quickly join forces with healthy food efforts in their communities. Here are a few starting actions.

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Food Prescriptions

 

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. The programs generally begin with a partnership between a hospital and a local farmer’s market or CSA (community supported agriculture).

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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

September 2022

FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces More Than $8 Billion in New Commitments as Part of Call to Action for White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health,

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Boot Fast Food from the Hospital!

 

The worthy dictum “first do no harm” needs little explanation. Yet when it comes to serving food, many hospitals ignore it.