Goodbye Chick-fil-A, Hello Chickpeas! A report indicating the healthiest and most hazardous hospital meals was recently released. It is well known that many hospitals host fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Chick-fil-As. However, it seems a bit strange for health and wellness promoting hospitals to give consumers easy access to buy food linked to several chronic diseases. Knowing this, it does not come as a surprise to hear that the report shows the fast food free hospitals scoring the highest, and the hospitals hosting fast food scoring the lowest.
On January 25th, a campaign was launched by The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine encouraging hospitals to go #fastfoodfree. The majority of the states with high rates of diet-related diseases have hospitals with Chick-fil-A restaurants. In response to the growing number of fast food chains in hospitals, advertisements were placed in 20 cities that display doctors holding signs with the slogan “eat more chickpeas,” a play on Chick-fil-A’s “eat more chickin.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine hopes that this campaign will encourage hospitals to rethink their menu options and start offering healthier food choices. Be sure to check out www.eatmorechickpeas.org for contact information, including twitter handles, for the hospitals that host Chick-fil-As. PCRM is urging everyone to join the movement by asking your local hospital to go #fastfoodfree.