Health Equity Considerations
Healthy Food Environments Pricing Policy (HFEPP) is an organizational policy implemented by hospitals to increase availability, visibility, and affordability of healthy foods and beverages for their employees, volunteers, and visitors. The pricing policy incentive encourages the purchase of healthier items through a price decrease and discourages purchase of less healthier items through a price increase. In North Carolina, 95 hospitals have fully adopted the policy and 23 more have an action plan to reach full implementation. These hospitals are all sizes and located in all parts of the state. HFPP reaches 200,000 hospital employees and millions of visitors. Additionally, hospitals in South Carolina have begun implementing the Healthy Food Environments Pricing Policy.