The aim of this workshop is to discuss the challenges the European healthcare sector faces in implementing sustainable and healthy food policies, including the prevention and reduction of food waste at their facilities.
This workshop is sponsored by the EcoQUIP project (a project to improve the efficiency, quality, and environmental sustainability of healthcare through innovative procurement).
To stimulate a constructive debate during the workshop, HCWH Europe has identified six challenges and areas for improvement in the healthcare sector, based on their pan-European survey carried out between 2014-2016:
- Fresh, seasonal, local, and organic food
- Menu planning
- Reduced reliance on meat based diets
- Staff training and awareness raising
- Ordering systems
- Portion sizes and patient preferences
The workshop will begin with a discussion about the challenges and opportunities for the healthcare sector in sustainable food procurement and food waste reduction. We will then focus on recommendations for the healthcare sector, with presentations from hospital representatives and academics considered experts in this field, including REFRESH researcher Joost Snels of Wageningen UR. Finally, examples of best practice will be shared to inspire healthcare providers that have not yet started implementing a sustainable food policy at their institutions.
REFRESH partners will be attending the event - to connect with us, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @EUrefresh!
Find more information about the programme, speakers, and registration here: http://www.cleanmedeurope.org/programme/day-1/pre-conference-events/food...