ALPENA - Alpena Regional Medical Center is preparing healthy food service choices and nutritional selections to support, promote, and provide community health. CEO Karmon Bjella said ARMC is working toward healthy eating, weight management, and modeling healthy food environments through the Healthy Foods Hospitals campaign sponsored by the Michigan Hospital Association.
"We've dived right into this," he said. "Our dietary department achieved levels one through three, and working on level four."
According to Bjella, ARMC is compliant with stars one through three from the Healthy Food Hospitals campaign, including non-select pediatric patient menus for children 2-18 to meet the American Heart Association guideline, transition to healthy beverages, and labeling nutritional content in cafeteria offerings.
The fourth, which ARMC is not in compliance with, is achieving healthy eating starting with a healthy food system. Bjella said ARMC is working toward achieving the fourth star.
"We have accomplished it, but we have not submitted it yet," Diane Shields, vice president of human resources and support services, said.
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