Michigan Hospitals' Four-star Program

Default non-select pediatric patient menus for children 2-18 to meet the American Heart Association guidelines. To be completed by Jan. 1, 2013

★ ★ Transition to healthy beverages. The default choice on pediatric patient menus/trays should be milk. When juice is served, only 100% juice should be served. When serving milk, serve recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) free milk and non fat (skim) milk or low-fat when deemed medically appropriate; use Bisphenol A (BPA) free containers and/or reusable cups. The healthy beverage transition should also be applied to adults when applicable. To be completed by Jan. 1, 2013

★ ★ ★ Label nutritional content in cafeteria offerings. To be completed by Jan. 1, 2013

★ ★ ★ ★ Healthy eating starts with a healthy food system. In an effort to provide an ongoing evolving resource to hospitals to continue modeling healthy food environments, the following commitment is recommended. Sign the resolution of support for the Michigan Good Food Charter challenging institutions, and thus hospitals, to commit to purchase at least 20 percent Michigan grown and produced or processed foods. It is also recommended that your hospital sign onto the Health Care Without Harm Healthy Food Pledge if it has not done so already. To be completed by Jan. 1, 2020

Source: MHA Healthy Food Hospitals, www.healthyfoodhospitals.org.