Sil­ver rating for hos­pi­tal food

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Winch­ester District Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal has achieved Sil­ver sta­tus for its Healthy Foods in Cham­plain Hos­pi­tals Pro­gram.

All 20 Cham­plain hos­pi­tals par­tic­i­pate; Bronze, Sil­ver and Gold lev­els guide their work.

“The Sil­ver level of­fers more whole grains, fruits, veg­eta­bles across meals and snacks. It also phases out un­healthy op­tions such as pro­cessed meats and sug­ary pop,” ex­plains Pro­gram Man­ager Lau­rie Do­jeiji.

“As well, hos­pi­tals are pro­vid­ing calo­rie and sodium in­for­ma­tion for most of their meals and snacks, which goes above and be­yond the menu la­bel­ing leg­is­la­tion for large-chain restau­rants in On­tario.”

About half of the hos­pi­tals in the Cham­plain Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work’s ju­ris­dic­tion have at­tained the Sil­ver la­bel.

“Hos­pi­tals in the Cham­plain re­gion are act­ing as role mod­els for healthy eat­ing as a way of im­prov­ing the over­all health of our com­mu­ni­ties in ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas,” says Chan­tale LeClerc, CEO of the Cham­plain Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work (LHIN). “So many of the health con­di­tions be­ing treated in hos­pi­tals are linked to what we eat. This re­gion-wide pro­gram has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in pro­mot­ing health­ier menu op­tions for thou­sands of hos­pi­tal staff, vis­i­tors and vol­un­teers. The Cham­plain LHIN is proud to be an ac­tive part­ner in sup­port­ing and fund­ing such an im­por­tant ini­tia­tive.”

Healthy Foods is an ini­tia­tive of the Cham­plain Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­ease Pre­ven­tion Net­work, which is housed at the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Heart In­sti­tute.

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