Serving sick people fresh, healthy foods may seem like a no-brainer. But if you’ve ever been laid up in a hospital you know “fresh” and “healthy” don’t usually spring to mind when the food tray arrives. Fortunately, that’s changing.
According to Health Care Without Harm, more than 250 hospitals have now signed its Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge, vowing to serve organic, local and non-processed foods whenever possible.
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, located just outside of Detroit, Mich., sponsors a once-a-week farmers market showcasing loads of local organic goodies. The hospital’s on-site restaurant, Henry’s, also whips up organic meals for patients and visitors. Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh goes one step further and grows its own organic produce for patient and staff meals in three on-site courtyard gardens.