WILMINGTON – New Hanover Regional Medical Center has partnered with NC Prevention Partners’ Healthy Food Environments Initiative to set the example of good nutrition for employees and patients through the Red Apple Program. Funded by The Duke Endowment in partnership with the NC Hospital Association, the Healthy Food Environments Initiative is a statewide project to help North Carolina hospitals make healthy foods more available, visible and affordable for patients, employees and visitors.
“New Hanover Regional Medical Center has always been an advocate for wellness and healthy living in the community,” said Jack Barto, NHRMC’s president and chief executive officer. “I want us to continue this mission by helping our patients, visitors and employees make informed decisions about the foods they eat and how making good choices can positively impact their health.”
The Red Apple Program ensures that healthy choices are available during all hours of operation - anywhere and anytime food is served at NHRMC. Highly visible nutrition information allows people to make the best food decisions.
“Our patients are the reason we are here and every time they eat, it’s a great time to educate them and help them make wise food choices,” says Michael Noice, director of nutrition and food services at NHRMC. “By making healthy choices a more appealing and affordable option, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is living up to its mission to be a community leader in promoting good health.”
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly.