Number of New York City health-care facilities starting to switch out junk food with healthier options

LOS ANGELES , September 25, 2012 () – A number of private health-care facilities in New York City are starting to switch out junk food with healthier options, The New York Daily News reported Sept. 23.

Nutrition experts praised the trend, pointing out that many hospital patients are suffering from illnesses linked to diets laden with salt, fat and sugar.

The city’s Health Department’s Healthy Hospital Food Initiative calls for participants to implement such measures as: no meals featuring deep-fried food, trans fats, 2% or whole milk, fruit in syrup, or salty food; all full-size portions of sandwiches, salads, and entrees must contain 650 calories or less; and all beverages will be 12 ounces or smaller, except water and seltzer--and water and seltzer will be at least 25% cheaper than other drinks.

The primary source of this article is The New York Daily News, New York, New York, on Sept. 23, 2012.

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