Health and Sustainability

Palomar Health was recently recognized by the Humane Society of the United States with an achievement award for its efforts and success in implementing plant-based menu changes and sustainability practices in its wellness programs. Palomar Health CEO Bob Hemker said, “We are part of a wave of health care leaders who are shaping a food system that supports prevention-based practices. I am excited that we have taken our programs to the next level by decreasing our overall meat consumption and increasing the consumption of sustainable, local, and organic produce with our new plant-based menus. It’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work and dedication.”



Some recent health and sustainability initiatives hosted by Palomar Health include the first West Coast Culinary Experience for local food and nutrition staff from several hospitals. This two-day culinary training focused on showing chefs how plant protein can become the center of the plate. Participants learned how to prepare entrées and desserts without using meat, eggs, or dairy products. Several years ago, Palomar Health also adopted Meatless Mondays at its three hospital campuses to support wellness of its employees. “A diet higher in plant-based foods not only promotes better health but it is also more sustainable and has a lower environmental impact,” said Palomar Health Pathmaker intern Zohra Fahim, who helped strengthen and promote the Meatless Mondays campaign. For more information visit