Healthy Food in Health Care news: February 2021



How hospitals can protect workers: Our new ethical purchasing guidance and position statement

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Health care can play a critical role in protecting workers, community health, and the planet through procurement and advocacy. Health Care Without Harm has conducted a comprehensive review of third-party certifications and label claims to determine how each addresses different aspects of farmworker health and safety.

We are proud to release our position statement and purchasing guidance on ethical food purchasing. A team of researchers from Mark Bittman’s course at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University contributed to the development of these resources and the corresponding Feb. 11 webinar.

Fair food

11 hospital food champions told us what plant-forward means to them, plus 32 resources for food service

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We asked 11 hospital food champions what plant-forward means to them. Hear their thoughts on shaping a #PlantForwardFuture and check out 32 resources for chefs and food service pros.

Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm, and our partners curated resources that will help health care facilities set a plant-forward goal, create and market these dishes, and track their progress.

Ready for trendy, mouthwatering meals that are healthy for people and the planet? The Plant-Forward Future is here.

View 11 short videos from food champions

Hear from our experts at the upcoming Northeast Farm to Institution Summit

Northeast Farm to Institution Summit

Experts from Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth will present how a processors’ collective is working to bring year-round local food to hospitals and other institutions and how increasing plant protein production can help build regional climate resilience at the upcoming conference on April 1, 8, and 15.

This typically regional event has gone virtual this year and will bring together a national, diverse group of stakeholders in a collaborative process. The summit generates ideas and connections that advance institutions’ ability to support viable farm, food, and sea businesses and healthy, just communities.

Register to attend

Food Management celebrates 10 powerful plant-based insights, including one from Health Care Without Harm

Southern fried tofuSouthern-fried tofu –  comfort food with a twist – just one of the plant-powered tips offered by experts. (Birame/Flickr)

Top dieticians offered their best ideas in a recent webinar hosted by Today's Dietician and moderated by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, aka "The Plant-Powered Dietitian." In this Food Management article, they share insights, recipes, and more from panelists, including Health Care Without Harm’s John Stoddard.

Plant-powered tips

Health Care Culinary Contest winner to be announced in March

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In the meantime, check out stories and recipes from our top five finalists and a few runner-ups.

Meet the finalists

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

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