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Healthy Hospital Program

Great hospital care means more than state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments. It also includes healthful food to help patients get well—and stay well over the long term.

In 2017, the American Medical Association called on hospitals to provide a variety of healthful food for patients, visitors, and staff. Specifically, the AMA called for plant-based meals that are low in fat, sodium, and added sugars, and the elimination of processed meat from hospital menus. Processed meat, like bacon, sausage, ham, and hot dogs, contribute to cardiovascular disease and several common forms of cancer. 

For the most common clinical conditions—weight problems, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer—food choices are critical for prevention and management. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains plays a central role.

By adopting plant-based options, hospitals can…

Dining Services Resources

Free assets to help bring plant-based options to your hospital.