Marydale recently spoke at Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA about her experience at the intersection of the food system and healthcare and how important it is to keep these two fields closely intertwined. She also expounded on some ways that Wright-Locke Farm could act as a resource and potential partner to the important health institutions in there community.
Created with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Care Without Harm’s “Delivering community benefit: Healthy food playbook” supports hospital community benefit professionals and community partners in developing initiatives to promote healthy food access and healthy, local and sustainable food systems. Marydale DeBor was excited to serve as Senior Adviser to this important three year project.
The playbook and events throughout the year offer inspiration and tools to address food- and diet-related community health needs throughout the community health engagement process.
Marydale DeBor was excited to speak with Jessie Johnson on the podcast ‘At The Table’. In the episode, Marydale and Jessie discussed the business needs that spurred a complete cafeteria overhaul in her Connecticut hospital, how to prioritize nutritious, local food as primary care, and the role of hospitals in building healthy communities.
Marydale DeBor was honored to receive the Community Heroes ‘Food Justice Award’ from New Haven Farms at their 4th Annual Harvest Celebration & Contra Dance on October 13th. Read more about it on the New Haven Farm website.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, “Hospitals in the US are setting up food banks, and medical schools are putting cooking classes on the curriculum – part of a shift in focus away from simply treating disease toward caring for the whole person.” Read this insightful article to learn more.
The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. CET provides free assistance to help business and institutions implement programs to divert wasted food from disposal through donation, animal feed, composting, and anaerobic digestion. CET has helped hundreds of organizations, such as Cooley Dickenson Hospital (read the case study), set up successful waste reduction programs that often save money.
Want to learn more about the type of work Fresh Advantage does? Read this article to get a peek into a plan that was put together for addressing food insecurity at an urban Community Mental Health Center.
Marydale DeBor and Fresh Advantage was featured on CivilEats.com on April 6, 2016 in the article ‘This Visionary is Helping Hospitals Take Food Seriously‘ by Larissa Zimberoff. Check it out!
The Yale Daily News, the nation’s oldest college daily newsletter recently featured an article on Fresh Advantage and their work with Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). “Food for Thought” discusses the work of Marydale Debor, Chef Ann Gallagher, and Francine Blinten with the vulnerable populations served by CMHC.
VIDEO & PODCAST LIBRARY
Recovery is Cooking
From Connecticut Mental Health Center
Plow to Plate
Before Fresh Advantage, Marydale co-founded Plow to Plate. Hear about their successes on All Things Connecticut
Prescribing Food, Part 1: Making Hospitals Healthier
From Heritage Radio Network
Women Addressing Food In Healthcare
From the Yale Sustainable Food Project Podcast