The Dijklander Hospital focuses on wholesome consuming and vegetarian meals

Century – Last Tuesday, nine hospitals, including Dejlander Hospital, signed a letter of intent to only offer healthy food by 2022. In December, 11 hospitals registered to participate. These hospitals are thus taking the lead in the National Prevention Agreement, which is intended to ensure that half of all hospitals will eat healthily by 2025 and all hospitals by 2030.

Dijklander Hospital is one of the pioneering hospitals in the Good Care Proef je, a project of the Alliance Nutrition in Care. This means that the hospital is committed to providing completely healthy food to patients, visitors and staff in 2022. The range of healthy foods contributes to the recovery of patients, a healthy work environment for the staff and a healthy selection of visitors, according to the letter of intent signed with Ymke Fokma, director of the Dijklander Hospital.


Wide variety of healthy foods Various initiatives to provide healthy food are already in place at Declander Hospital. This letter of intent will speed things up. Project manager Horeca & Services Christel Kerssens: “One requirement is that the vision of offering patients, staff and visitors healthy nutrition is reflected in the guideline. We are already working hard on it.

At least 80% of what is on display in the staff restaurant or in the patients’ meals must be healthy. Specifically, this means that you can serve a croquette once, but not every day by default. The patient’s diet was vegetarian for three out of seven days. This also includes reducing the number of sugary products. and installation of water points. The point is, you can make healthy decisions in our hospital. “

Less medication, faster recovery
The importance of a healthy diet has been proven by many studies. It not only has a preventive effect, but can also contribute to the patient’s recovery, for example after an operation. Where medical care traditionally consisted of surgery, drugs, good bedside care, food, drink, and exercise have been added. Dr. Azim Karmbig specializes in gastroenterology and hepatology. He also sees a major influence in nutrition: “I regularly treat patients with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel syndrome who, thanks to a healthy diet and a more active lifestyle, require less medication.”

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