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St. Michael’s registered dietitian wins international award for clinical advocacy and engagement

Toronto, April 29, 2013

Heather Fletcher
Heather Fletcher, manager of food services

Heather Fletcher, manager of food services at St. Michael's Hospital, has been honoured with a Clinical Advocacy and Engagement Award from the Health Care Without Harm Healthy Food in Health Care program.

The award is one of four sustainable food awards given this year to recognize significant achievement as well as leadership in health care food service.

Some of Fletcher’s main initiatives include creating a local sustainable food policy for the hospital, developing patient tray education on healthy food activities and participating in the Greenbelt Fund local food challenge.

“At St. Michael’s Hospital we believe a sustainable food system can help redefine healthy food to include the health of the environment and social communities in addition to human health,” said Fletcher. “We opened our doors to fresh local foods and we are very pleased to have those efforts recognized by Health Care Without Harm.”

As an advocate on healthy food services throughout the city, Fletcher also participates in Toronto City Council’s Sustain Ontario Food and Health Care workgroup.

The Clinical Advocacy and Engagement Award was presented at CleanMed 2013 last week in Boston.