IU Health offering healthier food options

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Employees and patients at IU Health Arnett Hospital are getting a different kind of dining experience.

“The choices that we have are much better choices, they’re fun choices,” said Chief Operating Officer Brian Shockney.

Fun choices and much healthier choices, as IU Health hospitals across the state have adopted the Partnership for a Healthy America Program. The government-funded program aims to reduce the rates of obesity across the country.

“Hospitals are healthcare institutions, so we need to be concerned about people’s health,” said Shockney.

Shockney said they’ve accomplished that goal by removing deep fryers from the kitchen and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Eighty-percent of everything in our vending machines, our food that we sell is healthy, and 20 percent can be some of those Cokes in the machine or some of those things that are a little more high in fat,” said Shockney.

When the hospital first made the switch, Shockney admits there was some hesitation from patrons. Now? Their only hesitation is should they go for dessert first or last?

“We have removed about 75 percent of our unhealthy desserts and we have replaced it with alternatives that are healthy and for you, but taste good,” said operations manager Kent Bacon.

The hospital has also expanded its salad bar and deli, as well as added gluten-free options. Shockney said it’s just one more way they hope to promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone.

Just recently, IU Health received an award for being one of the Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America.

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