July 13, 2009 -
In a partnership to help promote healthy eating among our communities’ health care employees, Nash’s Organic Produce and Olympic Medical Center have partnered to offer a mini farmer’s market from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday starting July 21, just outside of Season’s Café in Olympic Memorial Hospital. Nash’s will also include its farm share program as part of the market.
The mini farmer’s market will sell a variety of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to employees and visitors. Nash’s is the host farm, but produce from other Peninsula-based farms will be available as well. Local farmers’ markets promote the viability of agriculture and help sustain local farms, according to Graciela Harris, director of nutrition services at Olympic Medical, but equally important it promotes healthy eating among medical center employees.
According to Assistant Administrator Rhonda Curry, improvement in the health of employees is part of Olympic Medical Center’s current strategic plan. “Part of our plan addresses employee relations and one major goal we have is to encourage employees to measurably improve their overall health,” says Curry. “We now have an employee wellness committee in place, led by our CEO Eric Lewis, which is charged with finding new and creative ways to ensure we have healthy employees providing health care. Bringing the farmer’s market and farm share program to OMC is a tangible first step toward this goal.”
For more information on Nash’s Organic Produce and its Farm Share program, please go to www.nashsorganicproduce.com.