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.
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.)
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.
Star 3: Label nutritional content in cafeteria offerings.
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.
Download more details on the stars here.
Download the Healthy Food Hospitals Initiative One Year Report