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December 11, 2019

            St. Luke's University Health Network is the first health system outside of the Philadelphia area to sign the Good Food, Healthy Hospitals pledge. SLUHN signed the pledge after the initiative secured a five-year national grant to expand the program statewide.

            The president of each SLUHN campus signed the Good Food, Healthy Hospitals Pledge, taking the next step to promote good healthcare through good food choices in all the hospital settings: patient meals, cafeteria meals, catering and vending machine operations.  The guidelines are based on existing evidence-based standards to ensure they follow the latest dietary guidance. These commitments include purchasing locally sourced and sustainably produced foods and increasing the overall nutritional value of the snacks, meals and beverages offered at the hospital campuses.

            "Ensuring access to fresh, unrefined, locally-sourced food in our hospitals demonstrates our health system's commitment to preventive care," said SLUHN's Amy Previato, MPH, CHES, Network Director, Employee Wellness Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.

            "Improving the food environment will not only improve the health of our community, including nutritionally vulnerable populations such as the chronically ill, youth and seniors, but also lessen the economic burden of healthcare costs associated with Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other diet-related illness," said  Bonnie Coyle, MD Chair, Community Health and Preventive Medicine.

            St. Luke's participation also serves as a model for other large institutions, employers and programs, Previato said.

            Facilities that have signed the pledge work closely with ...



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