Friday, April 15, 2016

Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact featured in CDC Highlight Series

The Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact is featured in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Program Highlights series.The CDC and state health departments collaborate in a number of areas to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases. This highlight focuses on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) coordinated efforts to implement strategies to make the hospital environment healthier.

The Compact consists of four programs, each with standards designed to improve food and beverage environments and support breastfeeding. Participation in the Compact allows hospitals to engage with communities, collaborate with other hospitals in a noncompetitive environment, achieve recognition and become centers of wellness. 

Accomplishments to date include elimination of sugar-sweetened beverages and deep-fat fried foods, favorable pricing of healthier items to encourage healthier choices and adoption of policies to promote breastfeeding, among other achievements.

CDPHE played a vital role in convening partners to help develop the Compact, bringing together a broad collaboration among public health practitioners, nonprofit health partners and health care staff, with support from health care leaders, to create the necessary synergy of talent, resources and purchasing power. As efforts progress, CDPHE continues to play a major role in the Compact by providing staffing and technical assistance. More than one of 10 Colorado’s hospitals has joined the Compact, with more to come. For more information, contact Sharon Crocco,

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