Michigan Hospitals Launch Healthy Food Initiatives to Improve Population Health

Several Michigan hospitals are adopting health food initiatives in order to improve population health and prevent association medical costs for unhealthy lifestyles, according to a Business Review West Michigan news report.

Advantage Health and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, for example, has created a hospital-run farmers market to target obesity. Spectrum Health, also based in Grand Rapids, plans to launch a similar farmers market and will also eventually provide nutritional and fitness tips.

So far, 16 Michigan hospitals have their own version of a farmer market. In May, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association launched the Healthy Food Hospitals initiative to encourage state hospitals to adopt healthy food initiatives.

According to the news report, nearly 30 percent of Michiganders are obese. "The national obesity crisis is reflected here in Michigan, and there is a tremendous cost that being dangerously overweight adds to the health care system," MHA President Spencer Johnson said in the news report.

Read the news report about the Healthy Food Hospitals.

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