Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership Team
Nutrition in Healthcare
Poor eating habits are a serious and costly problem. In 2009,
the U.S. spent approximately $147 billion on treatment of/health
issues stemming from obesity, overweight, and physical inactivity -
most of which are preventable. Many of our neighborhoods are
inundated with unhealthy, inexpensive foods and beverages. In order
to ensure everyone has access to healthful, affordable foods,
significant changes are needed to our current food system.
Hospitals recognize the major role they can play in sparking
this transformation. As recognized authorities on health and
wellness, hospital systems across San Diego County are coming
together to model and promote healthy and sustainable food in their
cafeterias, patient meals, and the community. The Nutrition in
Healthcare Leadership Team (NHLT) was launched as a joint effort
between Healthy WorksSM, a countywide initiative making
systems and environmental changes promoting wellness and addressing
the nationwide obesity epidemic, and the Healthcare Domain. The
Healthcare Domain continues to support this work as an active
domain work plan.
In April 2011, the COI's Healthcare Domain in conjunction with
Healthy WorksSM launched the Nutrition in Healthcare
Leadership Team (NHLT), a consortium of healthcare food service,
sustainability, and wellness professionals. In September 2012, the
NHLT completed a multi-year strategic plan that outlines its
vision, mission, and goals, which include:
San Diego County healthcare systems
promote optimal health by ensuring all foods and beverages served
are healthy, fresh, affordable, and produced in a manner that
supports the local economy, environment, and community.
The mission of the NHLT is to
advance healthful, sustainable food and beverage practices in San
Diego County healthcare systems through collaboration.
- Make healthful food the standard [in healthcare].
- Make healthful beverages the standard [in healthcare].
- Leverage collective buying power to increase cost-effective,
healthful, and sustainable food and beverage choices.
- Collaborate and foster opportunities for collaboration among
- Raise the "food literacy" of patients and their families,
employees, physicans, and the community.
- Support evaluation and tracking of food and beverage practices
across healthcare systems.
For information on the specific strategies and timeline of the
strategic plan, see the final strategic plan.
The NHTL is currently comprised of over 13 hospital facilities
representing nine hospital systems including:
- Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
- University of California San Diego (UCSD) Health System
- Palomar Health
- Sharp Healthcare
- Tri-City Medical Center
- Kaiser Permanente San Diego
- Scripps Health
- Naval Medical Center
- San Diego Psychiatric Hospital
The NHLT is open to all hospitals and healthcare systems.
If your system is interested in learning more, please contact Colin Cureton, the
Director of Food Systems for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity
Initiative, a program of Community Health Improvement Partners.
Check out the presentation on "Multi-Sectoral
Collaboration for a Healthy Food System: Nutrition in Healthcare
Leadership Team" provided by Colin Cureton at the 2015 National
Childhood Obesity Conference!
Made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, through the County of San Diego.