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As part of his health initiative, Mayor Bloomberg has asked several private health centres in New York City to stop selling junk food in their vending machines and cafeterias.But apparently the “thriving” Taco Bell inside Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital isn’t going anywhere fast, since the hospital has not been asked to participate, according to The New York Daily News.
We were pretty dismayed to hear that there was a Taco Bell inside a hospital in the first place. While it caters to hospital employees and visitors—not patients—it sets a terrible example and seems entirely out of place.
Nutritionists who spoke to the NYDN blasted the situation:
“It’s a big problem,” said Dr. Ulka Agarwal, chief medical officer at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington D.C. nonprofit monitoring hospital food nationwide.
“The ingredients in food in these fast-food places often contribute to why people are in the hospital in the first place.”
The hospital is also home to an Au Bon Pain. But doctors who spoke to the NYDN said the prices for the restaurant’s salads and sandwiches were too high.
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