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Providence Begins New Dining Initiative

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MEDFORD, Ore. - Providence Medical Centers across the state are implementing a new plan to promote healthy diets.

Karen Bartalini, the Director of General Services at Providence in Medford says the mission of the Healthy Dining Initiative is to create healthier communities, together. Different phases of the project will be enacted throughout the year.

The hospital is starting the process by making healthy choices accessible to patients and visitors, and taking fried food off the menu. Last week, the healthy initiative went into effect for patients staying at the hospital. Some of the high calorie options, such as chicken strips and soda, have already been removed from the patient menu. On Monday, the cafeteria will open a new salad bar with protein options. In the coming weeks, the cafe will be stocked with low fat and low calorie food and beverage options. By the end of the year Providence plans to implement calorie labeling on entrees.