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Health Care Without Harm Releases Report on Healthy Food in Health Care
Date:5/6/2013

rt taking HCWH’s Balanced Menus Challenge or creating purchasing policies with specific targets for meat reduction and sustainable meat procurement.

  •     Sustainable and local food purchasing... By directing their purchasing dollars to locally and sustainably produced food, hospitals can influence broader community healthy – supporting regional economies and protecting the health of farm workers, their communities and the environment on which we all depend. Eighty-two percent of respondents report purchasing and serving sustainably produced foods and beverages, accounting for on average 21 percent of their total food budgets. Ninety-one percent report purchasing and serving food and beverages produced within 250 miles of their facilities, accounting for on average 23 percent of their total food budgets.
  •     Reducing waste and conserving energy and water resources… Efforts to reduce and mange food waste generation included reducing portions size (31 percent of respondents), providing cook to order or room service (62 percent of respondents) and food waste composting (38 percent of respondents). New this year, the survey gathered information on water and energy resource conservation and found that 68% of facilities reported using energy efficient lighting and 54% reported using energy and water efficient equipment with EPA Energy Star and Water Sense ratings.
  • The survey was conducted in January 2013 and was designed to gather data on advances made in 2012. Seventy-seven facilities completed the survey, including many that have signed the HFHC Pledge, a commitment to source more local and sustainably produced food among other activities. Facilities ranged in size from 19 to 1068 beds with an average size of 321. They served an average of 297 patient meals an
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