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One of the biggest successes of UW Health’s 52-week wellness upgrade initiative was dropping salad bar prices, which led to a 50 percent jump in sales in the first month.

Hospital takes 52 weekly steps to healthier dining

One change a week for a year has led to a much improved wellness profile for the University of Wisconsin Hospital’s cafes.

Like many healthcare institutions, the University of Wisconsin Health wants to do the right thing when it comes to encouraging healthier eating habits among customers. But it also knows it has to tread lightly in what is a stressful environment that can lead staff and visitors to comforting but less than healthful dishes.

An early experiment removing sugared beverages and deep fryers resulted in some customer pushback, so the dining team, led by Director of Culinary and Clinical Nutri

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