Dallas-area hospitals focus on health

Eliminating fryers and health identifiers are just a few of the ways the hospitals are promoting health.

Nov. 9—At the newly opened Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, in Fort Worth, deep fryers are nowhere to be found, so forget about chicken wings.

At Baylor Health Care System, you won’t find Coke or Cheetos in vending machines — just shelves lined with Diet Coke, bottled water, baked chips and granola bars.

And at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, color-coded stickers tell you whether your snack-machine choices are good for your body or sinfully naughty.

As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg draws headlines for his moves to rid the city’s hospitals of unhealthful fare, Dallas hospitals already have similar measures under way with discounted healthful-meal options in addition to leaner snack foods and no-trans-fats policies.

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The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., will soon switch over from magnetic strip-based student ID cards to chip-based ones, The Observer reports.

Along with being more secure, the new cards will allow students easier access to dining halls, enabling them to simply tap their cards on a reader to gain entrance. Students will also be able to add flex points and Domer Dollars—which can be used at eateries on and off campus—to their accounts via a mobile app.

The new cards are expected to be available by the time school begins next fall.

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University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., has replaced a fajita bar in one of its dining halls with a superfoods bar, Tommie Media reports.

Aiming to provide more options for athletes and students with dietary restrictions, the new bar offers diners a choice of protein with a variety of toppings, such as beans, fruit, couscous and quinoa.

The superfoods bar has made a few appearances on campus since it was first tried for the school’s football players last summer.

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Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pa., is using robots to help deliver patient meals, BCTV reports.

The eight robots, named TUGs, will be used to transport meals from the hospital’s nutrition services department to patient floors at Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care.

Moving at three miles per hour, the robots will follow preprogrammed routes to the HealthPlex, where room ambassadors will remove room service carts from the TUGs and deliver them to patients. The TUGs will then return to nutrition services with dirty dishes for cleaning.

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