Junk Food in Hospitals? (December 7, 2005)
The Beyond Organic Radio Show

Junk Food in Hospitals?

Does the image of a fast food restaurant in a school bother you? How does going out for a bacon double cheeseburger and some fries at your nearest childrenís hospital sound?

Astoundingly, 24 percent of pediatric hospitals in North America have a fast food outlet in them according to a recent study by Canadian health experts.

Critics say hospitals are sending mixed messages to patients and visitors when they donít offer healthy dining options. One solution, they say, is a commitment to serving fresh foods from local and organic farms.

This week, join host Jerry Kay as we find out how healthcare facilities can overhaul their approach to food, meet a doctor who started an on-site farmerís market and hear how one hospital is even growing its own vegetables.

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