Eliminate Fast Food in Hospitals

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Target: Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius

Goal: Provide healthy food options for patients, guests, and staff at hospitals around the U.S.

A study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) revealed that many American hospitals have up to five different fast food restaurants in their buildings. The study also showed most cafeteria and patient menus are high in fat, cholesterol, calories, sugar, and sodium. Please sign this petition and urge Secretary Sebelius to demand that hospitals provide health-conscious food to promote a culture of wellness.

As an authority on health, it is important for hospitals to lead by example in supplying the type of food that is recommended by health professionals. In an effort to reduce the increasing rates of diabetes and obesity, hospitals must implement the recommendations put forth by the PCRM. Based on results from the PCRM study, research, and input from health professionals, recommendations include: offering a daily salad bar, serving fresh produce whenever possible, offering vegetarian options, including fiber-rich beans in daily meals, experimenting with menu items from world cuisines, and offering customers nutrition information for all entrees available.

The irony of supplying patients with unhealthy food options in hospitals is that many patients are hospitalized due to poor dietary choices in the first place. Health professionals are preaching one thing, while hospitals are providing the very opposite. In order to foster a health-conscious population, we must set an example first and foremost in our health and wellness establishments.

Please sign the petition below and urge Secretary Sebelius to demand that hospitals provide healthy food in an effort to educate consumers and set a healthy standard of living for the public.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Sebelius,

In 2011, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) began investigating food options in hospitals across the nation. Unfortunately, their research showed too many fast food options, and cafeteria menus dominated by greasy, high-fat, and high-cholesterol foods. It’s actually ironic and puzzling for institutions built on healthy living to offer such unhealthy options under their roof.

The PCRM study revealed that many hospitals have up to five different fast food restaurants in their buildings. Hospital-provided cafeteria food and patient menus are not much better, most offering meals high in fat, cholesterol, calories, sugar, and sodium. Supplying patients with the very food that landed many in the hospital in the first place is irresponsible and sends a confusing message to the public.

It is important for our local health authorities to practice what they preach and set the right example for citizens trying to make health-conscious choices. Please demand that hospitals stop using fast food companies and create more healthy options focused on the recommendations from the PCRM study: offering a daily salad bar, fresh produce, vegetarian options and nutrition information for all entrees available.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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