Target: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine President, Neal Barnard
Goal: End McDonald’s partnerships with hospitals and instead promote healthy choices.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is making efforts to ban McDonald’s restaurants from several hospitals that have partnerships with the fast food chain. Hospitals should be encouraged to end these partnerships and instead promote healthy eating options in an environment where health should be the highest priority.
McDonald’s is contracted with 18 hospitals across the United States. These restaurants are available in these facilities and even deliver food to sick patients’ beds and host parties in the building. Some hospitals even have Chick-Fil-A and Wendy’s restaurants. The hospitals that have fast food restaurants are mostly in areas where obesity rates are high, according to research by PCRM.
People have the right to eat what they choose, but hospitals should be moral enough to not encourage unhealthy eating habits. It also seems corrupt that hospitals are financing establishments that serve food that contributes to health issues. It seems like the establishments are investing money in creating more business for themselves. In fact, the PCRM determined through research that several of these hospitals are incentivized by the fast food restaurants to sell their food.
Please sign the petition below to encourage hospitals to end partnerships with McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants and encourage healthy habits among their patients.
Dear Neal Barnard,
Your efforts to remove fast food chains from hospitals is a commendable action that should be continued to be pursued.
People have the right to eat what they choose, but hospitals should be moral enough to not encourage unhealthy eating habits. There seems to be a degree of corruption within the partnerships between hospitals and fast food restaurants. Hospitals are being incentivized to sell more fast food–food that will continue to profit the hospitals down the road though an onslaught of health issues resulting from unhealthy eating habits.
Hopefully your efforts will resonate with some hospitals and they will abandon their partnerships with fast food chains and instead promote healthy eating habits.
We urge you to keep fighting for this issue and other issues involving responsible health decisions.
[Your Name Here]
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