Customarily in this space, we hold forth about heady issues in the news that call for analysis or extended discussion, like Russian hegemony in the Crimea. In this print issue, however, we are focusing on an issue close to home: Hospital food.

As regular diners at Providence Portland Medical Center’s cafeteria — a two kilometer roundtrip walk from Oregon Catholic Press, where this newspaper is produced — we are of two minds about the organization’s “healthy dining initiative.”

We applaud Providence for its vision in leading by example, but it will take some time for us to adjust to the new healthy menu. We looked forward every other Friday to schlepping over to Providence and tucking into deep-fried fish and chips, regardless of the weather.

In a gutsy move, the regional health care services provider removed all its deep-fat fryers, ending the sale of all fried food. No more French fries!

In its place, the cooks are offering a much expanded salad bar and  increased offerings of veggies and whole grains.

Fries will be replaced by baked, seasoned potato wedges or sweet potatoes and roasted vegetables.

“In place of chicken strips, you’ll find marinated chicken tenders, skewers and wings that are baked and served with flavorful dipping sauces,” an announcement of the change said.

We love the Providence cafeteria, er, food court, so much that the Sentinel staff held an anniversary dinner there years ago.

We ate hors d’ouevres and sipped wine while patient-laden gurneys trundled by outside our private dining room. We all thought it was humorously ironic, classy folks who we are.

It is way past time for all of us to embrace healthy eating.

For occasional relapses, our fallback, Plan B, is a Burgerville run.