Silver rating for hospital food
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.