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Medical Schools, Health Care Facilities Can Be Healthy Diet Role Models

For Immediate Release
June 16, 2009

CHICAGO –  Health care organizations, such as medical schools and hospitals, can serve as role models and educators on the importance of adopting a healthier and more sustainable food system. This is according to new policy passed today at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Annual Meeting.

“Medical schools and health care facilities are uniquely qualified to take a lead role in promoting the consumption of healthy and sustainable food,” said AMA Board Member Joseph Annis, MD. “The connection between a healthy diet and optimal health is clear and when health care organizations have a healthier food system, students, patients, visitors and staff all benefit.”

Recommendations on how medical schools and health care facilities can improve their food system were made based on a study of the current U.S. food system, which is largely industrialized and focused on the production of food from animals and federally subsidized crops. The current system has resulted in more processed, calorie-dense foods instead of the fruits, vegetables and whole grains recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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For more information, contact:

Lisa Lecas
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-5980