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Rethinking Fast Food in Houston’s Medical Center

Recently, an event was held by a local initiative of Value [the] Meal, a national campaign with Corporate Accountability International. Their aim for this event was to challenge the CEO’s of some of the Texas Medical Center hospitals, like Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub, to remove the McDonald’s restaurants from their buildings. The event […]

Recently, an event was held by a local initiative of Value [the] Meal, a national campaign with Corporate Accountability International. Their aim for this event was to challenge the CEO's of some of the Texas Medical Center hospitals, like Texas Children's Hospital and Ben Taub, to remove the McDonald's restaurants from their buildings.

The event comes on the heels of an announcement from the Texas Medical Center that a new focus would be put on healthier eating in the med center, not for the patients but the employees.

To learn more about efforts to make the food healthier in the Med Center, we talk with Dr. Tim Garson, director of the Texas Medical Center's Health Policy Institute.

MORE:
Fast Food in Hospitals a Weighty Issue (Houston Chronicle, Feb. 5, 2016)
Study Scolds Houston Medical Center for Fast Food Inside Hospitals (Houston Chronicle, April 14, 2015)
Hospitals’ Contracts with Fast Food Harm Patients’ Health, Doctors Say (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Jan. 17, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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