Hospitals phases out sugary drinks
Curbing obesity by providing healthier drink choices
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.