Healthy Hospitals: Improving the food and beverage environments in healthcare settings

Plastic bottle of waterConsiderable science links diets that are lower in sodium and sugary drink consumption with better health outcomes. This study describes the evaluation of strategies to reduce sodium and sugary drinks in health care settings in four communities as part of a collaborative partnership between state public health, academic, community, and healthcare partners.

Collaborators worked together to foster the implementation of key strategies to reduce sodium in the foods sold and offered, as well as limit the availability of sugary drinks and promote water:

    • Develop and adopt nutrition standards or guidelines that address sodium, healthy drinks and environmental strategies,
    • Implement nutrition standards or guidelines for sodium, healthy drinks, and environmental strategies in wending, and
    • Implement nutrition standards or guidelines for sodium, healthy drinks, and environmental strategies in retail.

Principal Investigator: Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE
Funder: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
Funding dates: July 1, 2017-September 29, 2018
Contact: Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE