NHS Tayside has launched a new initiative to encourage staff and visitors to eat healthily when working or visiting hospitals.
The Retail Catering Service is introducing more fruit and vegetable options and reduce the cost of those items.
Thechanges will come into effect from June 3 in all NHS Tayside food outlets.
NHS Tayside Retail Catering Service Manager David Bayne said: “We believe caterers have an increasing influence on what people eat.
“Working in the health sector gives us the opportunity to set an example by providing and promoting healthy food choices.
“There are significant health benefits to eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, and we hope these changes can encourage and inspire people to eat better.”
The changes include a price reduction for single pieces of fruit and vegetables, a three piece fruit bag offer, vegetables and rice included in the price of the main meal and a
2.5% increase on unhealthier food items.
Caroline McKenzie, Head of Catering at NHS Tayside, said the service had engaged with customers across NHS Tayside about how to make it fit for the future.
“Our customers are asking for greater variations and more healthy options,” she said.
Salad bars were a popular choice and the team are working on introducing one at the largest site, the Level 5 restaurant at Ninewells Hospital.
iT will include a range of healthy options including vegetarian and vegan options.
NHS Tayside Director of Public Health Dr Drew Walker said: “These initiatives will undoubtedly help promote the health of everyone who uses our retail catering services.
“Hopefully it will also attract others to use these services and take advantage of this excellent development.”