September 6, 2012

Healthy Food Environment Initiative


The Healthy Food Environment Initiative reaffirms our commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable, environmentally friendly food environment for the ZSFG Community.  Promoting healthy food and nutrition is fundamental to the effective treatment and care of ZSFG patients as well as the wellbeing of its staff and providers.

Garden Giveaways
Our Garden Giveaways program, student interns and volunteers work with hospital gardeners to harvest and distribute hospital-grown vegetables and herbs to participants in hospital-based chronic and acute disease management groups as well as participants in the hospital’s smoking cessation program. The vegetables and herbs are accompanied by relevant recipes in English and Spanish. The mission is to provide fresh organic produce to patients and their families in order to inspire an incorporation of vegetables into their daily diets. All produce that is shared with participants are grown locally in one of our many onsite ZSFG raised garden beds. Learn More!

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Affordable produce is here! The Community Wellness Program has teamed up with Imperfect Produce to provide affordable CSA options for our community!  Learn More!

Nutrition and Cooking Demonstration Program
We offer monthly classes in our Wellness Demonstration Kitchen (in the Community Wellness Center) where participants have an opportunity to learn about new foods and easy, fresh recipes. When in season, participants can also take home produce from the campus gardens through our Garden Giveaways program. The classes include simple tips for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other topics discussed in the classes include hydration tips, label reading for hidden sugars and salt, cooking with spices, and preparing soups and stews. Learn More!

Lunch Food Truck Program
Food trucks are bringing their flavorful fare to ZSFG  Monday-Friday from 11:30am-2:30 pm! A different truck serves food in the 23rd St parking lot near Hearty Cafe. Take advantage of this tasty delight! Learn More!

ZSFG Healthy Beverage Initiative
In alignment with ZSFG’s strategic plan to enhance wellness, the Healthy Beverage Initiative formalizes our commitment towards creating a healthy environment that promotes healthy lifestyles for patients, staff, visitors and the community at large. In June 2015, ZSFG launched this initiative to replace sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) with healthier options across the campus.  See FAQs here: ZSFG Healthy Beverage Initiative FAQ handout – 9-15-15