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News spotlight: Farmers markets becoming growing trend at hospitals

Nurse Leader Insider, June 8, 2009

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Fast food establishments have come to a halt at several hospitals in the U.S. Farmers markets, on the other hand, are in full bloom.

Kaiser Permanente, the biggest not-for-profit health system in the country, is offering 30 farmers markets at its organizations in Western states such as California, Washington, and Oregon. The markets, which take place in the hospital parking lots, allow patients, families, and employees to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. Preston Maring, MD, family physician at Kaiser who initiated the markets at the health system hopes they will give “people the visual connection between good food and better health.”

The concept has also caught on at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville which both opened farmers markets last month.

Many of the hospitals are also promoting healthier eating by opting not to renew leases with fast food vendors and ridding other foods containing trans fats from cafeterias.

Source: CNNhealth.com



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