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Bringing public health to a children's hospital: Improving nutrition for patients, families, visitors and staff

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nan Peterson, RN, MS, Child Health Advocacy, American Family Children's Hospital, Madison, WI
Jeff Poltawsky, FACHE, American Family Children's Hospital, Madison, WI
As a health care system, we see the consequences of preventable diseases. As a children's hospital we have an obligation to lead the way in modeling healthy food choices for our patients, families, visitors and staff. As a leader in the pediatric community our goal is to serve children and families, enabling them to achieve optimum health, not to contribute to the problem by serving unhealthy food and beverages. All children, regardless of size, need to learn to eat healthfully, especially when they are ill or recovering from trauma, to aid in the healing process. For employees, we are committed to supporting a healthy work environment, and improving the health of our workforce. With health care reform, health systems will be held to a higher level of accountability as we reshape the patient experience; we need an environment that supports our role as a health promoting institution. Using a public health model, follow one children's hospital as they journey through the process of evaluating their food environment and plan for change including leadership and staff engagement, budgetary and renovation considerations, and communication strategies. The implementation of healthier choices was based on national guidelines and incorporated best practices for product choices, pricing, placement, promotion, purchasing practices, preparation, and portion size. Project barriers and challenges, as well as successful outcomes in changing institutional culture will be shared.

Learning Areas:

Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify the process for assessing the children's hospital environment for healthy food choices. Formulate a plan for improving the children's hospital food environment for patients, families, visitors and staff.

Keyword(s): Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Nan Peterson, RN, MS is Director for Child Health Advocacy at American Family Children’s Hospital and also serves as a preceptor for MPH students from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and UW School of Nursing. She serves in leadership roles with the National Children’s Hospitals Association (Obesity Prevention Work Group), Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative (Co-Director).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.