The Café at Mid Coast Hospital Helps Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Healthier options will soon be available in the Café at Mid Coast Hospital, thanks to a new national initiative. In collaboration with MaineHealth, Mid Coast has signed on to the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) “Hospital Healthy Food Initiative.”  Across the country, 155 hospitals are taking part, including Kaiser Permanente and Cleveland Clinic, making it the most expansive effort to impact hospital food and nutrition to date.

Mid Coast joins nine other Maine hospitals that have signed onto this initiative. “Given our commitment to the health of our community, we are excited to take part in the Hospital Healthy Food Initiative,” said Lois Skillings, Mid Coast Health Services President and CEO. “Offering a wide variety of affordable and healthy options to patients, visitors, and employees will help make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

Over the next three years, Mid Coast will focus on creating a healthier environment with increased availability of nutritious options. Specifically, the initiative asks participating hospitals to adopt standards in the following categories:
  • Boost access to fruits and vegetables

  • Make healthy meals more affordable

  • Encourage healthier beverage choices

  • Focus on preparing healthier foods

  • Label foods with nutrition information

  • Market healthy foods in cafeterias and on menus

“With the goal of increasing access to healthier options, we will make changes to both the menu and the café environment,” said Ross Taylor, Director of Environmental Services at Mid Coast. “Through this commitment, our café is building upon many of the healthy practices already in place at Mid Coast, providing the best care possible for our community.”

Other participating hospitals include: Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Medical Center, Goodall Hospital, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Spring Harbor Hospital, Lincoln County Healthcare, Pen Bay Healthcare, Waldo County Healthcare, and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity.