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AHC Proposes Policies to Offer Healthier Food/Beverage Choices

Nearly two-thirds of Kansas adults are overweight or obese and roughly a quarter of youth in grades six through 12 also are overweight or obese. This epidemic has increased health care costs dramatically and led to an increase in chronic diseases and premature deaths. Public health experts agree that one norm that must be changed is the over-consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages. AHC has partnered with the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation, which is part of the Kansas Hospital Association, to create healthier food and beverage policies.

Our intent is to create a healthier work environment that will benefit those who work here as well as those who receive care at or visit AHC. We are committed to fostering a culture of health in the workplace where healthy choices are the easiest choices.

In the coming weeks, the hospital will be making a few changes to the food and beverage policies affecting what is offered in the cafeteria, vending machines, meetings and events. These changes are intended to help AHC fulfill its mission of not only treating, but also preventing chronic diseases.

It is very evident that this is a community that values their health. There are many examples of the strong support this area has provided wellness focused initiatives. From WEPAC to the building of the Ashland Fitness Center Ashland and the surrounding areas are advocates for their own health. AHC wishes to reflect those values as we plan for the future. We are so proud of our current partnership with Ashland Chamber of Commerce, Ashland Fitness Center and Venture Foods on the First Annual Spring into Fitness Challenge and Hometown Harvest.  AHC’s Wellness Committee is focused on continuing to actively engage the community to promote better health! With these proposed changes in our Dietary and Nutrition Policies we are putting our money where our mouths are and hope to lead by example.

As major employers and a primary source of health care in many communities, hospitals have the opportunity to establish strong community norms and influence the health decisions of the public. Hospitals in Kansas and across the nation have taken up the challenge by working to implement policies and practices to promote consumption of healthy products within their facilities and to reduce consumption of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods.

Ashland Health Center wants to be a role model for other employers and health care providers in our area. With the support and participation of our great community we can help lead our community to a healthier future.

LIVE HEALTHY! LIVE HAPPY!

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