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The concepts of “food as medicine” and “food as preventative medicine” are of growing interest in the health-care field, but Food is still a relatively new Focus Area, especially in terms of understanding how it intersects with environmental sustainability and social equity. With many different groups and departments involved in food services — including dietitians, population and public health, researchers, contracted food services providers, and, increasingly, physicians and sustainability teams — much work is happening. As we all continue to think about our roles in relation to food, together we can contribute to this important Focus Area.
Goals and impact
- Develop plant-forward, local, sustainable, culturally relevant and equitable food service.
- Plan, procure, produce and assemble in-patient meals in ways that are best for people, community and planet.
- B.C. health authorities participate in FeedBC and reach 30% food expenditures from B.C. products, a goal all authorities have met or are close to meeting already.
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Facilitation and support
Sustainable Food Operations CommitteeChaired by Elaine Chu R.D., Manager, Food Operations at Royal Columbian Hospital
Incorporating Indigenous food and culture into hospital care
Introducing B.C. salmon as a regular menu item at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and increasing cultural humility has been an upstream push for José Morais, manager, Food and Nutrition Services….