Caldwell Memorial Earns NC Prevention Partners' Red Apple Designation for Healthy Food Environment

Caldwell Memorial Hospital is one of only ten North Carolina hospitals to receive the NC Prevention Partners' Red Apple designation, their top designation for a Healthy Food Environment. Caldwell Memorial earned the Red Apple designation by implementing all five principles of a Healthy Food Environment "access, pricing, marketing, benefits and incentives, education" and having an action plan for continuous improvement. These standards must be applied everywhere that foods and beverages are provided or sold.

In addition to receiving the Red Apple designation, Caldwell Memorial Hospital has been central to a number of healthy lifestyles-oriented programs in Caldwell County. With a number of community partners, CMH organized last fall's A Summit for the Health of Our Children on childhood obesity and the severity of this epidemic in Caldwell County. Resources to combat childhood obesity, along with educational information about A Summit for the Health of Our Children can be accessed at www.HealthyChildSummit.com.

Internally, the hospital formed an Eat Smart, Move More CMH" team to encourage employees as well as patients and guests to eat more healthy foods and enjoy more physical activity. Caldwell Memorial's Dr. Ramesh Krishnaraj and David Horn began a local cooking show on County Television called Two Men and a Stove: Fun in the Kitchen with Ram and Dave. Recipes from the show may be downloaded free of charge here.

In 2007 Caldwell Memorial added a wellness option to its employee insurance benefits choices and soon after introduced Commit to Be Fit, a program which allows wellness-option participating employees to use The Quest4Life Wellness Center free of charge if they maintain a minimum of 36 usage visits per quarter. Both the wellness option and Commit to Be Fit have now been made available to the covered spouses of CMH employees participating in those plans.

The mission of Caldwell Memorial Hospital is to provide safe, effective, compassionate care and to promote healthy lifestyles to our community. The Quest4Life Wellness Center is a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

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