Hos­pi­tals phases out su­gary drinks

Curb­ing obe­sity by pro­vid­ing health­ier drink choices

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS WELCOME - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

HOS­PI­TALS in the North Bur­nett are in the process of get­ting rid of soft drinks as a way of curb­ing obe­sity and in­stead will be pro­mot­ing health­ier choices.

The health­ier drinks an­nounce­ment is just one way the Wide Bay Hospi­tal Health Ser­vice is aim­ing to pro­vide pos­i­tive health ad­vo­cacy through its own ac­tions.

Act­ing ru­ral di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Tra­cie Pat­tie said she was sup­port­ive of the de­ci­sion to have health­ier al­ter­na­tives for pa­tients and staff.

“We’re very sup­port­ive of the Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Board’s de­ci­sion to re­move su­gary drinks from vend­ing ma­chines, and we’re work­ing to­wards chang­ing over our sup­plies so we can pro­vide health­ier op­tions for staff, pa­tients and vis­i­tors,” Mrs Pat­tie said.

“We know that health out­comes are of­ten poorer in ru­ral ar­eas and that chronic ill­ness is also a big is­sue here, so we wel­come any steps to change life­style habits and im­prove the health and well-be­ing of our res­i­dents.”

Drinks that will be re­moved from the fa­cil­i­ties in­clude soft drinks, en­ergy drinks, iced teas, flavoured milk over 500ml, cor­dials and flavoured and sweet­ened min­eral wa­ters.

In­stead pa­tients can buy these items: unsweet­ened water, un­flavoured milk, unsweet­ened veg­etable juice, unsweet­ened fruit juice up to 300ml and hot drinks with­out syrups.

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