On Tuesday, June 5, Grace Cottage Hospital became the 371st hospital in the nation to sign a Healthy Food in Health Care pledge, created by Health Care Without Harm.

“By signing this, we agree to improve the health of our patients and our community through nutrition, while also doing whatever we can to protect the environment,” said Denise Choleva, Grace Cottage’s Dietary Department manager.

“We’re working with farmers in our area to increase the use of locally-produced foods, we’re cutting down on food and packaging waste as much as possible, and we’re increasing our offering of fresh fruits and vegetables on our salad bar and on patient trays. We want Grace Cottage to be a model of healthy eating for the community that we serve!”

Watch a video of the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge Signing Ceremony, below.

Video courtesy of Zach Stevens/Brattleboro Reformer.

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