GOSHEN — Sugary drinks and fried food will soon be a thing of the past at IU Health Goshen Hospital.
The hospital, as part of a systemwide Indiana University Health commitment, will start making changes this summer to make the Goshen campus a healthier place for patients, visitors and staff, spokeswoman Melanie McDonald said Friday, May 17.
Following guidelines set by the nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America, the Goshen hospital will start by removing deep fryers from its kitchen by the end of this summer, McDonald said. The hospital plans to offer patients “wellness meals” with specific calorie counts and nutritional values, and in the cafeteria, fresh vegetables and fruit will be placed in more prominent spots, like the cash register.
Aside from changes in food preparation, the hospital also plans to eliminate sugary drinks, like cola, from its cafeteria and vending machines by 2015.
“We’re on track to introducing more fruits and vegetables on our menus and really just taking the overall direction of offering healthier, more wholesome foods and beverages,” McDonald said. “It fulfills our mission of improving the health of our communities, and we think that needs to start in our hospitals.”