Centura Health Joins Hospital Healthy Food Initiative

New program aims to provide children and families healthy dining options at hospitals.

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New program aims to provide children and families healthy dining options at hospitals.

ENGLEWOOD, CO (Oct. 25, 2012) Centura Health, Colorados largest health care network, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Partnership for a Healthier America to join a national movement by participating in the Hospital Healthy Food Initiative; a program aimed at offering nutritious food options for children and families.

Under the agreement, Centura Healths 13 Colorado hospitals will meet benchmarks over the next four years, making sure that both children and adults have a wide range of healthy options through nutrition labeling, healthy food marketing, more fruit and vegetable offerings and the elimination of deep fat fryers.

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to solving our nations childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit groups to develop commitments and strategies to end childhood obesity and it works with unbiased third parties to monitor and report on participants progress. Centura Health is one of 17 hospital systems across the country to participate in the Hospital Healthy Food program.

The Hospital Healthy Food initiative is aligned with Centura Healths goal of improving the health by helping people in the communities we serve. The program also fits with the values of Centura Healths sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Adventist Health System. CHI is committing 44 of its hospitals to the Hospital Healthy program, in addition to those in Centura Health, while offering healthy choices has always been a part of the Adventist health care philosophy.

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When it comes to living a healthy life, there is no medicine we know of that can match the power of making smart choices at the dining table, said Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. Centura Health is committed to not just caring for the sick, but to improving the health of our communities. And what better tool can we offer than making it easier to eat healthy in our own facilities?

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About Centura Health

Centura Health, Colorados health care leader, is focused on connecting Coloradans to affordable, world-class care in every corner of the state. Centura Healths integrated statewide network includes 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Approximately 15,100 of the best hearts and minds in medicine, along with 6,000 physician partners, have access to the most technologically advanced tools available. For Coloradans, this means the top expertise and technology is right where you need it close to where you are. We reach beyond hospital walls to connect with people at every stage of life to bring them life-enriching compassion and life-affirming hope; Connections that only Centura Health can make. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.