New York City hospitals are banning junk food. The City has adopted the Healthy Hospital Food Initiative and 31 hospitals in New York have signed on. Mayor Bloomberg is leading the campaign and he recently said the following: “If there’s any place that should not allow smoking or try to make you eat healthy, you would think it’d be the hospitals”.
The New York City hospitals have reduced calories in patient meals, restricted the sale of sugared drinks and unhealthy snacks in vending machines and now hospital cafeterias are changing offerings as well. Fruits and vegetables are sold at a discount, they are eliminating trans fats, processed meats and fried foods.
GVMH is a long, long way from New York but our Cafe’ provides options for staff and visitors to eat healthier. The Cafe’ has a daily “weigh to go” meal. The meal option is served on the serving line and includes a lean protein and vegetables for under 500 calories.
Speaking of calories, staff and visitors can make low-calorie choices because calorie information is posted for each item on the serving line. The salad bar has leafy greens and fresh vegetables as well as light and fat-free dressing choices. There are fresh fruits and snacks under 100 calories available in the cafe’ as well.
One of our primary concerns is the health of our community and the health of our staff. Providing healthy food options is just one way GVMH cares for the health of those that matter most – the people we serve.