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.

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

The Louisiana Senate is asking the state’s Education Department to create a task force to ensure every student gets a meal at school, KLFY reports.

The task force resolution was OKed after a bill that sought to end lunch shaming failed to pass the Senate Education Committee last month. State lawmakers say the bill, which was backed by the Louisiana House, failed to pass due to worries about districts losing money.

Members of the community, however, are upset that the resolution does not fully ban lunch shaming. A reporter at KLFY created a Facebook poll asking local...

Industry News & Opinion

An agreement between Northwestern University’s new foodservice vendor and the union that represents many of the school’s service workers has put to rest some staff concerns over its upcoming vendor switch, reports The Daily Northwestern .

Unite Here Local 1 said that it met with representatives of Compass Group North America, which assumes control of the Evanston, Ill., school’s foodservice this fall, and reached a deal to ensure that staff who previously worked under Sodexo and Aramark would have job security with Compass. In addition, the agreement continues many benefits that...

Ideas and Innovation
scratch card

Two days a week, we do scratch card purchases of $6 or more to get a free item on the next visit. Patients and staff look forward to the Monday and Friday scratch card days. It increases sales on slow days as well as guest satisfaction.

Ideas and Innovation
ramen noodles

The Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock has unveiled a new, full-time food truck called Food from the Heart. It’s the first hospital-owned and operated food truck in the nation, according to KATV .

The truck, which will offer a limited menu that includes Chef Coby Smith ’s popular ramen, served its first meal on May 2 and will roll out service throughout the area beginning next month, the report said.

In addition, it will have pop-up locations, allowing the hospital to extend its reach to communities outside metro Little Rock. The truck can also be used in emergency...

FSD Resources

Code for Asynchronous jQuery Munchkin Tracking Code