Farm Fresh Healthcare Project

March 12, 2014

This April, when the strawberries in Christine Coke’s field ripen, caseloads will be heading north to San Francisco Bay Area hospitals as part of the Farm Fresh Healthcare Project (FFHP). Hospital members of the FFHP are defining local food in a more robust way than the typical food miles definition based on distance from farm…

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Healthy Food in Health Care Webinar

February 19, 2014

SF Bay Area PSR hosted a webinar on the California Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) program on January 30th. Close to 200 people registered from multiple sectors, including healthcare, school, non-profit, and business. Kendra Klein, Senior Program Associate at SF Bay Area PSR, presented an overview of the environmental nutrition approach of the HFHC…

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Soda Tax Kick-Off in SF

February 19, 2014

By Dr. Jeff Ritterman, SF Bay Area PSR Vice President More than 250 people came to a spirited event in the Bayview neighborhood February 1 to kick off San Francisco’s soda tax campaign. Monica Mendoza from The Bigger Picture opened the event with a powerful spoken word piece (see her moving video here) Four members…

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Health Care and Sustainable Food Webinar January 30

January 15, 2014

SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Webinar Health Care and Sustainable Food in California: A New Report from Healthy Food in Health Care Thursday, January 30th 11 am – 12 pm PST CLICK HERE TO REGISTER GOOD FOOD IS GOOD MEDICINE As places of health and healing, hospitals are well positioned to provide food that promotes the…

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Staff Profile: Dr. Sapna Thottathil

November 21, 2013

I recently finished my PhD at UC Berkeley, where I was researching organic agriculture in South India. I worked with farmers and NGOs in the state of Kerala on pesticide poisoning and saw how communities were exposed to toxins from industrial agriculture. I saw how all the chemicals and pesticides that are added into our…

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SoCal Healthy Food Events

November 21, 2013

Los Angeles Healthy Food in Health Care Roundtable A team of Los Angeles area hospitals gathered on Monday, November 4th to discuss how they can work together in 2014 to advance their Healthy Food in Health Care goals.  SF Bay Area PSR coordinated the event, which included 38 attendees representing hospitals, food distributors, and other…

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Making ABX an Ex in Hospital Food Service

October 23, 2013

By Jack Henderson, recently retired after ten years as the Associate Director of Food Service Operations in the Nutrition and Food Services Department at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Over the past two and a half decades of my work in hospital food service, I thought a lot about the meat…

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From Chipotle to Whole Foods, Now Hospitals and Schools

October 15, 2013

The Power of Large-Scale Sustainable Meat Procurement By Sapna Thottathil, Senior Program Associate with SF Bay Area PSR, and Kathy Lawrence, Director of Strategic Development at School Food FOCUS. In the past year and a half, several institutions across the nation have made announcements about meat. Whole Foods Market now boasts only selling meat that is…

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Hospitals Protecting Antibiotics for Human Medicine

October 4, 2013

From Agricultural Policy to Sustainable Procurement By Sapna Thottathil, Senior Program Associate and Lucia Sayre, Co-Executive Director of SF Bay Area PSR. SF Bay Area PSR coordinates Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program in California. Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued updated guidelines for treating acute otitis…

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