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 regional sustainable food advocates.  Dr. Preston Maring of Kaiser Permanente presented on the health impacts of pesticides and the importance of purchasing organic food in the health care sector.  Jack Henderson of UCSF Medical Center presented on the success of the SF Bay Area Healthy Food in Health Care Hospital Leadership Team.  Other presenters, Tina Castro of The California Endowment and Kendra Klein of SF Bay Area PSR, put these initiatives in the broader context of efforts to create a more vibrant and sustainable food system.

San Diego Food Matters Training
Over seventy people gathered in San Diego on Saturday, November 9th to learn about the impacts of the industrialized food system on public health and about innovative actions the health care sector is taking to create a healthier, more sustainable food system.  Food Matters is a clinical education and advocacy program developed by Health Care Without Harm.  The event was hosted by the San Diego Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership Team (NHLT), a group of 22 hospitals working together since 2011 to combine their knowledge and purchasing power to make sustainable, healthy food the standard both within and beyond hospital walls.  The NHLT is co-coordinated by the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a program of Community Health Improvement Partners and San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility.