Cité de la santé bans junk food

By Robert Frank

Laval’s regional health authority has ordered that, from now on, the more than two million meals prepared each year at the Cité de la santé superhospital and its five health centres must all be nutritious.

Gone from hospital cafeterias, snack bars and vending machines are fried, breaded and salty food and sugary drinks, thanks to a new food policy introduced this month.

Agence de Santé et des services sociaux spokeswoman Stéphanie Daigneault told The Suburban in an interview that the ban won’t affect patients who are hospitalized.

“That’s because those who are ill already have a food plan,” she explained. “The new meal policy mostly affects visitors and employees, who buy meals at these facilities. It will also improve nutrition for ambulatory patients who can also eat there.”

“The food that will be served there will be healthier, thanks to the new guidelines,” she added. “Before, we were serving fries, for example.

Daigneault emphasized that it makes sense for a health facility to provide wholesome meals.

“We want to promote a healthful lifestyle and help to prevent diet-related illnesses like diabetes and obesity.”

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