Doc group wants hospitals to ditch Chick-fil-A, push “eat more chickpeas”

A national doctors group is using a twist on Chick-fil-A’s popular “eat mor’ chikin” slogan to convince American hospitals to ditch on-premise fast-food restaurants, including Chick-fil-A locations at Georgia medical centers.

The non-profit Physicians Committee, made up of 12,000 doctors, is asking the public to “Eat More Chickpeas” in an advertising campaign released this week in metro Atlanta, Chick-fil-A’s hometown.

“Many of the hospitals that host Chick-fil-As are in states with high rates of diet-related diseases, making hospitals part of the overall toxic food environment,” Angie Eakin, one of the doctors who appears in the advertisements, said in a statement.

“Hospitals should be fast-food-free, and patients should eat more chickpeas, vegetables, fruits, and other foods that can promote healing and prevent disease,”she said.

Chick-fil-A declined to comment Thursday.

National doctor group wants hospitals to ditch Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A

National doctors’ group wants hospitals to ditch Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A

The group wants Chick-fil-A removed from Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and University Hospital in Augusta. The Physicians Committee said Chick-fil-A is in 20 U.S. hospitals.

Ads have been placed at two bus shelters near Chick-fil-A’s headquarters on Buffington Road and above a gas station pump on Highway 54 West in Fayetteville.

The group has installed billboard in other part of the county as well as street kiosks and other advertisements.

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Sasha Levine
Sasha Levine

I agree with PCRM. I'm glad that there's a group of professional medical experts that supports our dietary needs in a positive and preventive way while protecting animals. Thank you for your great work.

Jafy
Jafy

Of course Chick-fil-A is talking to their legal counsel right now regarding trademark infringement, as the PCRM's catchphrase is way too close to the branded catchphrase.  Very mis-leading, as it appears that the food is for visitors, and not the patients.   And while their intentions MAY seem good, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  I give a hat tip to the reader for pointing out the extreme Vegan tilt of the PCRM.  

Atlanta Athlete
Atlanta Athlete

Kudos to the doctors for trying to get greasy chicken out of hospitals!

NancyHutchinson
NancyHutchinson

Actually the Chic fila in hospitals is there in lobbies for the guests of the patients..NOT the Patients.....I was glad to get one last time I had my hubby there and no cafeteria was open to get anything .

I was almost ill from no food...

TheTruthandOnlyTheTruth
TheTruthandOnlyTheTruth

This is an DC based animal rights activist group trying to promote their vegan diet agenda.  Please don't try to cram your vegan beliefs literally down our throats.  Beside, what does what "patients should eat..." have to do with the food that is available at the hospital for family members and friends of patients as well as hospital staff?

CraiginSmyrna
CraiginSmyrna

Yeah right. Like hospital food is SO healthy and great tasting. We dont need more food shaming police.  

independentiii
independentiii

why is it that so many nurses are obese?  That really sets a good example...

AJCReader15
AJCReader15

This campaign is a great idea. Hospitals should lead the way in showing patients healthful food options that lead to a clean bill of health instead of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Simon Tomaj
Simon Tomaj

Cool! I'm glad the Physicians Committee is drawing attention to this issue. Hospitals and other health institutions should be setting the best example in terms of healthy eating. If not there, then where?