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Started on October 6, 2012
3 year commitment

Hospitals are the places we go to get healthy, so the food we eat while there should have a positive impact on our bodies. With this in mind, more than 700 hospital partners across the nation, including MaineHealth, teamed up with PHA to make healthier choices easier.

On October 6, 2012, MaineHealth joined PHA’s Hospital Healthier Food Initiative, partnering with us on our mission to create dramatic and expansive improvements in hospital nutrition. From committing to display only health-promoting food options in cafeteria and menu advertising, to removing all fryers and deep-fat fried products and placing healthier food options within five feet of the checkout, the changes have the potential to reach many at MaineHealth.

Our goal is to make sure we offer more healthy options for those who might want them. We firmly believe that this commitment will allow us to better fulfill our primary goal of providing our patients with the best care possible, while also promoting health throughout the community.

~Mike Sabo, Director, Hospitality Services, Southern Maine Medical Center and Chair of the MaineHealth Food Service Task Force

With nearly 13,000 employees, more than 173,000 adult patients and more than 12,000 pediatric patients moving in and out of its hospitals every year, MaineHealth’s participation could have a big impact on many each year!

More than 700 hospital partners (10 percent of all hospitals nationwide) take part in our Hospital Healthier Food Initiative.

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