Healthcare Settings

Hospitals and health clinics can play a leadership role in many communities to promote public health through their Community Health Needs Assessment plans, implementing healthy food procurement, worksite wellness initiatives, and other policies and activities.  Healthcare institutions provide critical information to the public about a range of primary and public health issues.  Ironically, at the same time, many hospital environments do not support health, with fast food chains and vending machines offering unhealthy beverages and snacks prominent within their campuses.  Several hospitals and health clinics around the country are changing this by eliminating the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages, creating nutritional standards for food served or sold on their premises, and developing worksite wellness policies and programs to promote the health of employees.

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Healthier Beverage Policies

This fact sheet answers some of the commonly asked questions about artificial sweeteners, and discusses artificially sweetened products in hospital food and beverage policies. It is part of the Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, which supports hospitals and healthcare systems in reducing and eliminating sugary drinks and promoting healthy food and beverage offerings within their campuses.

Healthier Beverage Policies and Drinks with Artificial Sweeteners

A Collaborative Approach to Health

This Report highlights key themes from the Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference held in fall 2013 in Duluth, Minn. It is a tool for leaders from all sectors to better understand opportunities afforded by the Affordable Care Act and to consider local strategies that leverage these policy changes to promote health across communities. 

Conference Report: A Collaborative, Cross-Sectoral, and Local Approach to Health (2014)

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Creating a Healthier Healthcare System

This discussion guide is a companion piece to Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference Report: A Collaborative, Cross-Sectoral, and Local Approach to Health. It provides additional take-aways and ideas for next steps, based on the Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference held in Duluth, Minn., in September 2013.

Perspectives and Next Steps in Creating a Healthier Healthcare System (2014)

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Hospital Food and Beverage Pledge Programs

This fact sheet provides a summary of national and regional voluntary pledge programs that focus on improving the food and beverage environments within organizational settings.  It is part of the Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, which supports hospitals and healthcare systems in reducing and eliminating sugary drinks, and promoting healthy food and beverage offerings, within their campuses.

Hospital Food and Beverage Pledge Programs Fact Sheet (2014)