Working Well, a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and NC Prevention Partners (NCPP), has recognized Baptist Easley for meeting the Gold Apple standard. This is accomplished by providing the highest standard of excellence for delicious, affordable healthy food environments which are supported by comprehensive policies and benefits.
Baptist Easley is a self-managed facility and earned Gold Apple by implementing the five key components to a healthy food environment: pricing, access, marketing, benefits, and incentives. Baptist Easley has also implemented a healthy food policy and nutrition criteria that supports a healthy food environment. This policy is made readily available for all staff and is housed on the facility’s public drive.
Roddey Gettys, CEO of Baptist Easley Hospital, comments on the recent recognition and Gold Apple status. “We’re proud for all of us, because this is all about health and how to have a healthy, long life.”
Baptist Easley revised its menus to ensure healthy options are being offered during all dining services and that they are offered at a reduced price compared to the unhealthy options. An icon was created and implemented to identify which items on the menu meet the nutrition criteria and are the healthy options. The healthier items are also positioned at eye level to ensure clear visibility through product placement.
With Baptist Easley's recent Gold Apple recogntion, they are now eligible to compete in the Cooking Well Invitational scheduled for July 25-26th in Charleston, SC. During this culinary competition, all Gold Apple hospitals from South Carolina will compete for a chance to be named winner of the Cooking Well Invitational. This event will be emceed by celebrity chef and Restaurant Impossible star Chef Robert Irvine. More information on the Cooking Well Invitational can be found here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Working Well Operations Specialist, Kendyl Schultz.