New York City hospital cafeterias could soon put an end to serving junk food if Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way. The Mayor is on a mission to ban fatty and sugary foods from the city's hospitals.
New Yorkers may well feel they are living in a nanny state as yet more measures to limit their unhealthy habits loom on the horizon. Banned from smoking and drinking super-sized sodas the latest initiative from the health conscious Mayor is to ban junk food from the city's public and private hospitals.
Bloomberg's Healthy Hospital Food Initiative is gathering momentum. The plan is to banish deep fat fryers in favor of mandatory green salads, and to ensure that half of all sandwiches are made with whole grains.
Naharnet reported Mayor Bloomberg said: "If there's any place that should not allow smoking or try to make you eat healthy, you would think it'd be the hospitals. We're doing what we should do and you'll see, I think, most of the private hospitals go along with it."
Thus far hospitals have removed ice-cream from cafeterias, stocked vending machines with health bars and nuts, and restricted high-calorie sodas to 12 ounce portions.
The NYC Health Dept has introduced some initiatives too that encourage healthy eating. The Dept of Health banned booze from office parties and banned fried food. They even banned departmental staff from wearing products with noticeable odours.