Healthy Foods Hospitals campaign improves meals at Michigan sites

Campaign includes transition to healthy beverages and healthy kids menus.

Jan. 31—Alpena (Mich.) Regional Medical Center is preparing healthy food service choices and nutritional selections to support, promote, and provide community health. CEO Karmon Bjella said ARMC is working toward healthy eating, weight management and modeling healthy food environments through the Healthy Foods Hospitals campaign sponsored by the Michigan Hospital Association.

"We've dived right into this," he said. "Our dietary department achieved levels one through three, and working on level four."

According to Bjella, ARMC is compliant with stars one through three from the Healthy Food Hospitals campaign, including non-select pediatric patient menus for children 2-18 to meet the American Heart Association guideline, transition to healthy beverages, and labeling nutritional content in cafeteria offerings.