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Across Michigan, hospitals and health system leaders are demonstrating their commitment to a healthier Michigan by voluntarily implementing the Healthy Food Hospitals campaign for employees, patients and visitors.

In 2010, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Board of Trustees adopted a resolution encouraging all community hospitals to lead by example by implementing a multi-faceted healthy eating experience for hospital patients, employees and visitors. The Healthy Food Hospitals campaign will give Michigan hospitals the opportunity to model exemplary food service choices and nutritional selections to support the health of all those who walk through their doors.

The MHA is among the first hospital associations in the country to voluntarily initiate a campaign to model healthy food environments in hospitals statewide. This initiative paves the way for additional efforts to improve health in local communities by teaching businesses and others in public venues to create healthy food environment policies.

Kickoff Materials

Four-star Program

Star 1: Default non-select pediatric patient menus for children 2-18 to meet the American Heart Association guidelines. (Recommendations should be met as guidelines for the day.)
To be completed by Jan. 1, 2013

Star 2: Transition to healthy beverages. The default choice on pediatric patient menus/trays should be milk. When juice is served, only 100 percent juice should be served. When serving milk, serve recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) free milk and non fat (skim) milk or low-fat when deemed medically appropriate; use Bisphenol A (BPA) free containers and/or reusable cups. The healthy beverage transition should also be applied to adults when applicable.
To be completed by Jan. 1, 2013

Star 3: Label nutritional content in cafeteria offerings.
To be completed by Jan. 1, 2013

Star 4: Healthy eating starts with a healthy food system. In an effort to provide an ongoing evolving resource to hospitals to continue modeling healthy food environments, the following commitment is recommended. Sign the resolution of support for the Michigan Good Food Charter challenging institutions, and thus hospitals, to commit to purchase at least 20 percent Michigan grown and produced and processed foods. It is also recommended that your hospital sign onto the Health Care Without Harm Healthy Food Pledge if it has not done so already.
To be completed by Jan. 1, 2020

Download more details on the stars here.

Download the Healthy Food Hospitals Initiative One Year Report here.


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