Healthier Hospital Food

First aid for hospital food

It's no accident that a punk-rock band from Salt Lake City, Utah, called itself Hospital Food. The typical fare at medical centers is ba-a-a-ad. "When you say 'hospital food,' people laugh because it's so lousy," says Jamie Harvie of Health Care Without Harm, a Minnesota-based nonprofit.

But there's hope. Nutritionists have started to address the incongruity of a medical establishment that bemoans obesity-related illness yet contracts with pizza and burger franchises for its cafeterias and loads its vending machines with trans-fat-laden cookies. Some health-minded activists have launched a movement to serve patients fresh, seasonal food, and hospitals are beginning to change...

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