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 St. Luke’s Hospital of Chesterfield, MO, teamed up with PHA to make healthier choices easier.
On October 6, 2012, St. Luke’s joined PHA’s Hospital Healthier Food Initiative, partnering with to create dramatic and expansive improvements in hospital nutrition. From committing to displaying 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 the patients, employees and guest that pass through the hospital.
St Luke’s has realized a positive impact with the implementation of the PHA goals. More customers are exploring the healthier food options. We have received comments that they are better able to reach their personal health goals and have noted they have been successful in weight reduction. Our efforts now are to keep customers interested by providing a wide variety of healthy options. We continue to provide nutrition education to motivate customers to make a change, even if it’s minor.
With over one million meals served to patients, employees and guests every year, St. Luke’s participation is bringing a wide range of nutritious and well-balanced options to many!
More than 700 hospital partners (10 percent of all hospitals nationwide) take part in our Hospital Healthier Food Initiative.