Healthy Food in Health Care news: December 2020


Healthy food in health care

Health, dental, and a CSA?

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Hospitals across the country are expanding their employee benefits to include fresh local food.  John Muir Health in Northern California has started a CSA program at three of its hospital campuses. (John Muir Health)

Getting farm-fresh foods used to involve a trip to the farm but now Inova team members can order fresh fruits and vegetables, sustainable dairy and meat, and free-range eggs all grown or raised within the Washington D.C. foodshed through Inova’s community-supported agriculture program.

Food with benefits

Pennsylvania hospital makes healthy choices easy

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Green and red tongs are used to indicate the healthfulness of certain options at Pennsylvania Hospital's salad bar. (Salvatore M. DiPalma, executive chef)

From color-coded tongs at the salad bar to a partnership with The Common Market, a mission-driven distributor of sustainable, local farm foods, and participation in Good Food Healthy Hospitals, making healthy food choices is easier than ever before at this Pennsylvania hospital.

Sustainable selections

Time's running out: Health Care Culinary Contest

The clock is ticking, but there is still time to submit your delicious #plantforward recipe to the Health Care Culinary Contest. Submit before Dec. 7 for your chance to become America’s next top hospital chef. Better get cooking!

Submit your recipe

Help the farmers, help the economy

WellSpan food service managers and chefs toured D & S Produce in York Springs, Penn. Scott Hintz hosted the tour. (Scott Hintz)

Hospitals’ collective purchasing power significantly impacts the financial viability of local farms which has a multiplier effect on the economy of the surrounding community. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, WellSpan Health, and Health Care Without Harm have collaborated to overcome the challenges small and mid-sized farms face selling to institutions.

Faith in farmers

Visit our Healthy Food in Health Care program page to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.