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Getting Started


Many health care institutions have begun to adopt practices and policies to support a healthy food system. Healthy food means more than nutritional quality, it means understanding how and where food is raised, grown, processed, and distributed.

For more information, please contact Healthy Food in Health Care Organizer Nicki Milgrom at 734-369-9279.

Here is a list to get you started:

  1. Start a conversation about healthy food. Consider developing a “food team” that explores the food issue and identifies ways your institution can get involved.
  2. Contract with a GPO, Distributor or Food Service Provider that Supports Healthy Food in Health Care. 
  3. Implement purchasing policies for meat and poultry raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics.
  4. Model Local, Nutritious, Sustainable Food at Conferences, Meetings and Workshops.
  5. Buy milk produced without recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone. (rBGH, also know as rBST) is given to dairy cows to increase milk production.
  6. Buy organic and other certified food.
  7. Consider establishing an overarching food policy.
  8. Buy from local producers.
  9. Become a fast-food free zone. 
  10. Limit use of vending machines and replace unhealthy snacks with healthy choices.
  11. Host a farmers market on hospital grounds.
  12. Create hospital gardens to grow fresh produce and flowers.
  13. Compost, divert and reduce food waste.
  14. Buy certified coffee.


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