The Public Health Law Center and the American Cancer Society have partnered to update the Center’s Healthy Healthcare Toolkit, which is designed to help organizations create healthier food environments with a special focus on hospital and healthcare settings. Although the series focuses on beverages and healthcare settings, many of the principles and approaches outline in this toolkit can also be applied to food environments, and also to other types of organizational settings.

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      Building Blocks for Success

      This guide is the core of the Toolkit. It describes key components that go into developing successful healthy beverage policies and initiatives.

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      Artifical Sweetener Packets

      Beverage Policies & Drinks with Artificial Sweeteners

      This fact sheet answers some of the commonly asked questions about artificial sweeteners and discusses considerations around including artificially sweetened products in hospital food and beverage policies.

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      Food and Beverage Pledges for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems

      This fact sheet provides a summary of national and regional voluntary pledge programs that focus on improving the food and beverage environments within organizational settings.

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      Frequently Asked Questions About Healthy Beverage Programs

      This fact sheet provides responses for the questions that have typically come up when healthcare organizations have implemented healthy beverage programs.

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      Healthcare Can Lead the Way - Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

      This fact sheet explains how healthcare facilities are uniquely situated to both lead and benefit from healthy beverage policies and initiatives.

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      Healthy Beverage Hot Spots

      This fact sheet identifies the key points of access to drinks within a healthcare facility.

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      Healthy Beverage Policies, Healthy Bottom Lines

      This fact sheet discusses some of the common misperceptions about the potential financial impact of healthy beverage policies and initiatives.

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      Healthy Beverage Policies: Key Definitions & Sample Standards

      This fact sheet discusses some of the common misperceptions about the potential financial impact of healthy beverage policies and initiatives.

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      Sickly Sweet: Why Focus on Sugary Drinks?

      This fact sheet explains how sugary drinks contribute to chronic disease and health disparities.

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      Thirsty for Health - Tap Water and Healthcare

      This fact sheet explains why promoting drinking water from the tap makes public health and economic sense.

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      State Specific Healthy Healthcare Toolkit Resources

      See Healthy Healthcare resources for the states of Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

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      Modeling Health: How Health Systems Can Take Action to Reduce Sugary Drinks (Video)

      In this video, presenters discuss the connections between COVID-19 and diet-related chronic diseases, and the unique role that health systems play in supporting healthy eating through policy and environmental change.

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      Eliminating Sugary Drinks in a Large Health System: Leveraging Data for Systems Change (Video)

      In this video, presenters discuss the development and implementation of the UCSF Healthy Beverage Initiative, how they evaluated the impact of the policy on employee health, and how they are leveraging their experience to catalyze broader change.

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      Committing to Healthier Food and Beverages in Hospitals: Innovative Approaches from the Field (Video)

      In this video, presenters discuss two state-level initiatives, the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact and the Kansas Healthy Hospital Initiative, as well as the implementation approaches taken by two hospitals that stopped selling sugary drinks.

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      Inside and Out: Extending Hospitals’ Healthy Food Environment Work into Communities (Video)

      Presenters give examples of healthy beverage initiatives, discuss successful community engagement and advocacy efforts by health systems to promote positive policy and systems change across their communities, and the unique role a health plan can play in helping clients improve their food and beverage environments.

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