The Good4You Eat Healthy initiative, led by OHA's Institute for Health Innovation, encourages healthier choices by making positive changes to the food and beverage environment. As leaders in their communities and advocates of health and well-being, Ohio hospitals can model healthy eating to support the health of employees, visitors and the communities they serve.
Hospitals can participate in this voluntary and self-directed initiative by adopting the Good4You Eat Healthy nutrition criteria throughout the hospital. A step-by-step guide is available for each of the focus areas in the hospital, including cafeterias/cafes, vending machines, meetings/events and outside vendors and franchises.
Eat Healthy Nutrition Criteria
The Good4You Eat Healthy evidence-based nutrition criteria are based on the American Heart Association's Recommended Standards for Procurement of Food and Beverages Offered in the Workplace and the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) guidelines.
The goal of this program is to move towards 100% Eat Healthy offerings in each of the four target areas outlined below. Realizing that effectively making changes to beverage choices, vending machines and cafeterias, resources have been provided to offer a step-by-step guide to help hospitals implement these changes in stages.
Additionally, hospitals are encouraged to designate those items that meet the nutrition criteria by marking them with a Good4You sticker or similar designation, and listing nutritional information whenever possible. Labels, table tents, posters and other marketing materials are available to participating hospitals to help market the program to staff, visitors and partners.
for the Good4You Eat Healthy nutrition criteria.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have recommended evidence-based approaches for promoting healthy food and beverages across a variety of sectors, including worksites and healthcare organizations. Such strategies encourage the use of policy, systems and environmental changes to make the default choice the healthy choice.
By increasing the number of items that meet the Good4You Eat Healthy nutrition criteria, and making other changes such as making water available for free and eliminating fried foods, hospitals can offer an environment that supports healthier food and beverage choices.
Labels for menus - Use these to indicate Good4You options on your menu and near Good4You items in the cafe:
Vending machines are a very public-facing food service in many hospital, and are a great way to reinforce the hospital's commitment to serving healthy and nutritious foods and beverages. Stocking healthier options in vending machines ensures employees and visitors looking to snack throughout the day will find that the healthy choices is the easiest choice.
Several recent studies have indicated that healthy snacks in vending machines actually sell better than their unhealthy counterparts. In addition, more and more vending companies are catering to the increased demand for healthier vending choices.
Labels for vending machine - Use these to indicate Good4You vending options:
Studies show a strong correlation between physical activity and social environments of the workplace and health behaviors of employees. An increasing number of hours are being spent at work, especially in the hospital setting where many work extended hours or multiple shifts. In addition, meetings and conferences are generally sedentary - providing healthy food can help increase concentration, productivity and energy levels.
Labels - Use these to indicate Good4You options at your meeting:
Working with outside vendors such as on-site franchise restaurants, food carts and gift shops can be a challenge for many reasons, but as hospitals begin to make changes to other food and beverage services, it's important to consider these venues and how they can help maintain consistency throughout the hospital.
Healthy Partners Poster - Show your staff and visitors the your vendors have joined your commitment to health eating
Labels for vendors - Vendors can use these to indicate Good4You meal options on the menu or in the cafe:
If your organization is interested in customization, co-branding or use of the Good4You materials for use other than within the hospital, please contact OHA's director of media and public relations, John Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone, 614-221-7614.