Denver Health Honored for Work to Improve Nutrition and Breastfeeding

One of only four hospitals in Colorado to Receive Platinum Status


DENVER — Denver Health has been recognized by the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact for its efforts improve nutrition for patients, staff and visitors and to promote breastfeeding. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) honored Denver Health at a ceremony on June 14 for meeting rigorous nutritional standards and offering healthy food and beverage options. Denver Health is one of only four hospitals in the state to receive the top-rated Platinum Status.

At its main hospital campus, Denver Health links menu items to MyFitnessPal and Fitbit applications for smart technology users so they can view nutrition facts.  Additionally, Denver Health is a partner hospital of the Colorado Healthy Hospital Compact, a partnership developed to protect and promote the health of hospital patients and their families, visitors and staff. Partner hospitals lead by example by offering a quality nutrition environment, developing a culture of wellness, and working to make Colorado “the healthiest state” in the nation.

In addition, Denver Health also received the Celebrate 6 Award of Breastfeeding Excellence for implementing baby-friendly hospital breastfeeding initiatives. For women who plan to breastfeed their newborns, Denver Health has international board-certified lactation consultants and certified lactation counselors that are committed to helping a mother achieve the best breastfeeding experience for her and her baby. Denver Health also offers classes prior to delivery and lactation support in the hospital to help mom and baby shortly after birth.

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About Denver Health

Denver Health is a comprehensive health and hospital system that provides high-quality care for all Denver residents, regardless of their ability to pay. We deliver medical care to one-third of Denver’s population, proudly serving as the city’s safety-net hospital and providing preventive, primary and acute care services. For more than 160 years, Denver Health has been deeply rooted in the health and well-being of the community, providing high-quality clinical care, top-notch education and training for health care workers, and furthering critical research to benefit our patients. We are guided by our mission to serve our community with excellence, compassion, and stewardship as we work to ensure all people have access to the care and programs they need to be happy, healthy and successful.

 

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