Promoting Healthy Choices in Hospitals

Promoting Healthy Choices in Hospitals

Raw veggies, hummus and grilled-to-order specialties. In South Carolina, that’s beginning to be the new normal when it comes to
hospital dining.

Thanks to the Working Well campaign, launched with a grant from The Duke Endowment, hospitals across the state are taking a leading role in promoting healthy food choices, creating tobacco-free places and providing access to physical activity.

Technical assistance is coming from NC Prevention Partners, which coordinated a similar initiative for hospitals in North Carolina. Grants from the Endowment supported that effort, too, and now leaders are sharing what they learned across the border.

The South Carolina campaign has had a robust start. More than 50 facilities have committed, and the impact is already evident.

“Working Well is proving to be a key strategy in our efforts to improve population health in South Carolina,” says Jim Head, vice president for Policy and Education at the South Carolina Hospital Association.

“Not only will participating hospitals realize cost savings and productivity gains from a healthier workforce, but they will also model best practices for other businesses and organizations in their local community.”

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