Gundersen Lutheran joins 'Partnership for a Healthier America'

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Gundersen Lutheran is joining First Lady Michelle Obama in an effort to create a healthier America.

It's one of 17 health systems taking part in the "Partnership for a Healthier America." Gundersen will make changes over the next few years to provide healthier, more nutritious foods in both its cafeteria and its room menus.

The push from Michelle Obama is in hopes to improve the health and well-being of the nation. In the past 30 years, obesity rates have tripled. That's why there is a huge emphasis on curbing childhood obesity.

"They're willing to make those changes in a young age, so they'll eat the fresh fruits and the hummus and the veggies that we provide, so we need to start those habits young so they bring them into adulthood," says Sara Ashbeck, a Registered Dietitian with Gundersen Lutheran.

Specifically at Gundersen Lutheran, the chefs will look at controlling calories, cutting saturated fat, and eliminating trans fat.


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