WDMH says, “Bye, Bye Bacon – Hello Silver!”

Seen in image above: Celebrating at the ceremony are (l-r): Susan Vice, Jody Simzer, Sandra Ouderkirk, Kimberly Holmes, Rose Ormsby, Laurie Dojeiji and Cholly Boland. Courtesy photo

Farewell dear bacon,

Our friend and our foe,

We love you in moderation,

But you still have to go!

In early November, staff, physicians and volunteers said farewell to bacon in the hospital cafeteria.

At the same time, they said hello to healthier options such as homemade hamburgers with leaner beef and less salt and new snacks with grains, nuts and seeds.

“It’s all part of the Healthy Foods in Champlain Hospitals program,” explains Cholly Boland, CEO. “We want the healthy choice to be the easy choice by providing better food options in the cafeteria, vending machines and the Gift Shoppe.”

At a recent ceremony, dietary staff were applauded for leading this initiative. WDMH has been awarded silver status in the program.

“Overall, our focus is not on reducing or removing items – it’s about introducing nutritional information and new options that are healthier for all of our customers. However, some things do have to go and that includes bacon, sugary pop and larger muffins and baked goods,” adds Alan Archer, Corporate Manager, Building and Support Services.

Dr. Andrew Pipe, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; and Chair, Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network, congratulated the team for their leadership: “WDMH is among a small but growing number of hospitals to reach this impressive milestone in our region. Reaching the Silver benchmark is a clear reflection of WDMH’s commitment to investing in the long-term health of staff, physicians, volunteers, and the hospital community at large.”

WDMH Board Chair Marieke vanNoppen echoed Dr. Pipe’s comments: “Congratulations on the Healthy Foods achievement! Leading by example is one of the best ways we can inspire change in our communities. Thank you for caring about the long-term health of our WDMH team and the broader community.”

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.


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