Healthy Picks Program

Health Food Venues

Healthy Picks Program Guide
This document provides healthy food guidelines for all Kaiser Permanente food venues, including patient menus, cafeterias, coffee carts, kiosks, vending and gift shops.

Kaiser Permanente Healthy Picks Program defines healthy using nutrient profiles and sustainable criteria with a plant based focus in all food venues. Healthy Picks creates an environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice. The Healthy Picks Program document provides detailed information on KP’s healthy food program, including healthy nutrient profiles, Healthy Picks Criteria, Sustainable Food Criteria, and plant-based requirements. Learn More

Requirements for Healthy Coffee Carts and Kiosks
This document provides vendor requirements and standards, for all coffee carts and kiosks operating on Kaiser Permanente property. Learn More
Please note: The Healthy Picks Program Guide referenced in this Requirements document can be found at the top of this page.

Guidelines on Total Health at the Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets
Kaiser Permanente is committed to supporting Total Health at its facility-based farmers markets. All farmers markets must meet the requirements outlined in these Guidelines. These Guidelines support our mission to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve, and our commitment to offer nutritious food and beverage options for our employees, members and communities. Learn More
Please note: The Healthy Picks Program Guide referenced in this Guidelines document can be found at the top of this page.

Healthy Catering Program Vendor Tools

The tools listed below will guide you through the process of becoming a Healthy Picks-approved catering vendor. Kaiser Permanente’s goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Our Catered Food Policy ensures that all our physicians and employees have healthy food options at Kaiser Permanente sponsored meetings, events, and celebrations. Food and beverages purchased with corporate funds should meet Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Picks criteria, our evidence-based standards for excellent nutrition.

Healthy Catering Vendor Toolkit
Use this toolkit to help you become a Healthy Picks catering vendor. Tools include menu suggestions, product lists, onboarding instructions, and more. Learn More

Healthy Catering Vendor Application
Please complete the following application for healthy catering with Kaiser Permanente. Learn More

Healthy Picks Summary
The Healthy Picks criteria is Kaiser Permanente’s evidence-based standards for good nutrition. Healthy Picks emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and sustainable sourcing; with limits on calories, sodium, saturated fat, and sugar. All catering menu items must comply with the Healthy Picks criteria in order to be approved. Learn More

Healthy Picks Spreadsheet
This spreadsheet can help determine which menu items meet the Healthy Picks criteria. Simply enter in the menu item and fill in the appropriate cells to determine if it meets the criteria. If a green square appears after all the information is entered, then it qualifies as a Healthy Pick. If the menu item does not meet the criteria, a cell will turn red, identifying why it does not. Learn More

Healthy Dessert Ideas
Kaiser Permanente encourages fresh fruit for dessert as much as possible. However, if you are going to provide other dessert items, make sure they are healthy. This flyer has some ideas for desserts that all meet the Healthy Picks criteria. Learn More

Sustainability Guidelines
Locally grown food that is sustainably farmed and produced is good for the environment and for people’s health. Source sustainable ingredients when feasible to support Kaiser Permanente’s 2025 vision of 100% sustainable food.  Learn More

FAQs for Catering Vendors

Many catering vendor questions are answered here. Learn More 

For additional questions regarding healthy catering, please contact the Healthy Workforce team at

A Message to Diverse Suppliers

Kaiser Permanente promotes supplier diversity both within the organization and within our communities. We believe a diverse vendor base contributes to our ability to provide the best quality of health care to our members as well as improve the health of our communities. We define  diverse suppliers/service providers as small, and/or minority, women, LGBT, veteran, veteran disabled and disabled-owned businesses.  All prospective diverse suppliers/service providers are required to register on our supplier diversity portal. Visit to register.