Heart Healthy Foods for Hospitals
Here are sample letters and a list of 10 Easy Steps to get you started toward heart-healthy food for hospitals!
Contact the Physicians Committee’s senior corporate liaison,
Elizabeth Mader, to get more information and find out how you can
improve the food at your hospital. The Physicians Committee’s
Make Hospital Food Healthy campaign urges hospitals create a healthy
hospital food environment for patients, visitors, and staff.
The American College of Cardiology recognizes hospitalization as a teachable moment for healthy food choices.
The American Medical Association calls for plant-based meals, elimination of processed meats, and fewer sugary drinks in hospitals.
The World Health Organization answers questions about what constitutes processed meat, after announcing that processed meats are carcinogenic to humans.
The AMA Journal of Ethics notes “a hospital is a role-model for both visitors and staff that must set high-quality standards when it comes to nutritional offerings” adding that “serving definitively unhealthful food items to patients, visitors, and staff is simply unethical.”
One of the largest not-for-profit health plans, Kaiser Permanente, advises: “Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients."