Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Are there ANY healthy hospital cafeterias?

That's the question Dr. Rob Stevenson is trying to answer and to do it, he and his colleagues have launched the Canadian Healthy Hospital Cafeteria Project Survey (CHHCPS - pronounced 'chips').

They announced the project last week at the Canadian Lipid Nurses Network Conference in Halifax and it consists of ten simple questions based on principles of the Nova Scotia School Food and Nutrition policy (I can't speak to the principles of this policy as I haven't seen them).

If you work at a hospital, please take a few moments and fill out their questionnaire by simply clicking here.

Who knows, maybe there is a shining beacon on nutritional light somewhere on the North American hospital horizon.

But don't hold your breath.

(As an added bonus for today, here's a video of the situation out in Halifax that Rob pointed out and I blogged about before - it's hospital staff heading to a local high school for a healhty lunch while the students ironically head to the hospital for a deep fried one)



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4 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:30 pm

    Hospital cafeteria? What is that? I work at Toronto Western Hospital, part of University Health Network. Both it and Toronto General Hospital (also part of UHN) don't have "cafeterias" so to speak but have only food courts and things like candy stores (more than one at TGH!), ice cream place, lots of coffee shops (featuring high-fat, high-sugar pastries to go along with your drink), and things like that.

    So for many hospitals, a "cafeteria" doesn't even exist!

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  2. tmana7:48 am

    Canadian high schoolers are allowed off-campus during the school day?!?!?! In many US school districts the only way a student at any level may leave campus mid-day is on a pre-approved class trip, on pre-approved off-campus vocational training (bussed to and from by the school, attendance checked on the bus), or for a doctor's appointment (advance note from parent; parent must pick up student at the school).

    Conversely, school cafeteria food is subsidized by the government and is available only to students and faculty. (Lack of) healthiness aside, the stuff the student cafeterias served when I was in school (over thirty years ago) was barely palatable and to be avoided at all costs. The faculty cafeteria served food that was of considerably better quality overall, but access to anything remotely approaching fresh food was limited to the faculty.

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  3. Hospital Cafeterias are things that I have not frequented much. I try to avoid the hospital at all cost unless needed. Now about US school food, it looks completely horrible but it does offer all the nutritional value needed for the day.

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  4. I have been following this issue for some time and incldued it as a discussion topic for students in my senior level nutrition/foodservice management course. It is great to see someone taking action.

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