FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital and FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital have been recognized by NC Prevention Partners for providing the highest standard of excellence for comprehensive wellness programs offered to their employees in the areas of nutrition and tobacco-free environments, reports The Pilot.

The three hospitals, which make up FirstHealth of the Carolinas system, received the Gold Apple designation awarded to hospitals that provide delicious, affordable and healthy foods to all employees all the time. Several years ago, FirstHealth implemented a new pricing structure in its cafeteria and vending machines to increase the price of unhealthy food and beverage choices and decrease the price of healthy food choices in one of many programs started by the hospital system to increase healthy eating and physical activity.