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Am J Med. 2019 Sep 5. pii: S0002-9343(19)30721-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2019.08.019. [Epub ahead of print]

Successful Implementation of Healthful Nutrition Initiatives into Hospitals.

Author information

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Division of Cardiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Electronic address: maggarwalmd@gmail.com.
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Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
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University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
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Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health, New York, NY.
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Department of Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals / Bellevue, NY, New York.
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Division of Cardiology, Montefiore Health System, Bronx, NY.
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Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO.
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Division of Cardiology, Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health, New York, NY.
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Division of Cardiology, James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa, Florida.
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Division of Cardiology, Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center, Riverside, CA.
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Division of Preventative Cardiology, Lancaster General Hospital/Penn Medicine, Lancaster, PA.
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Division of Cardiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
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Division of Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
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Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.
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Division of Cardiology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.
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Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC.

Abstract

Poor dietary quality is a leading contributor to mortality in the United States and to most cardiovascular risk factors. By providing education on lifestyle changes and specifically, dietary changes, hospitals have the opportunity to use the patient experience as a "teachable moment." The food options provided to inpatients and outpatients can be a paradigm for patients to follow upon discharge from the hospital. There are hospitals in the United States that are showcasing novel ways to increase awareness of optimal dietary patterns and can serve as a model for hospitals nationwide.

KEYWORDS:

Cardiovascular disease; Diet.; Inpatient.; Menu.; Nutrition.; Outpatient.; Prevention.

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