As of January 2009, for more than 160 hospitals across the United States, the concepts of "hospital food" and "healthy communities, healthy environment" are one and the same. The "Healthy Food in Health Care" report, compiled by Health Care Without Harm, outlines concrete steps being taken by hospitals nationwide to change their food buying practices towards more sustainably produced, healthier choices for patients, staff and visitors.
Survey of Pledge-Signing Hospitals
The Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge outlines the steps to be taken by the health care sector to improve the health of their patients, local communities and the environment.
The 2008 Pledge Report Menu of Change, Healthy Food in Health Care: A 2008 Survey of Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge Hospitals (pdf) details the concrete food purchasing steps these facilities are making.
Health care institutions are finding creative solutions to the challenges of providing nutritional food to patients, visitors, and staff in a way that promotes food systems which are ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. Below are case studies that showcase current successful programs.
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