Making the healthy choice the easy choice
Hospitals move steadily toward healthier food and beverages
We all know change doesn’t happen overnight.
A half-century ago, you could buy your Luckies in the hospital gift shop and smoke them in your patient bed. Thirty years later, you couldn’t smoke inside most hospitals. Now, about half of U.S. hospitals ban tobacco products on their grounds as well, and some employ only nonsmokers, regardless of job title. Decades elapsed between knowing what was bad and doing what was right.
Today, hospitals face a similar scenario: Getting patients, visitors and employees to eat healthy food and getting leaders to support bold moves that make it a given. The Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact, led by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is paving the way with user-friendly guidelines and a collaborative approach. ... more