MaineHealth – the parent company of Maine Medical Center that includes a network of 10 hospitals and outpatient centers – won a national award for emphasizing healthy food choices.

The Partnership for a Healthier America on Thursday presented MaineHealth with the “Healthier Future Award” at the health system’s Portland offices.

MaineHealth was one of the first hospital systems in the country to join the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Hospital Healthier Food Initiative in 2012 and has expanded its efforts since then.

The nonprofit Partnership for a Healthier America was created in 2010 in conjunction with, but independent from, first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity.

MaineHealth, by signing onto the partnership, now offers healthy meals in its cafeteria, labels the calories in its meals, removed fryers and deep-fried products and offers healthier beverages.

According to a survey of MaineHealth employees, consumption of five or more fruit and vegetable servings per day increased by 18 percent from 2012 to 2014.