Gone are the days of office vending machines stocked with soft drinks
Think all that sugar and soda is going to help your employees carry you to the top of your industry? Think again: according to The New York Times, a growing number of workplaces are looking to eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages, including soda and energy drinks, from their inventory.
Early observations indicate that making soda unavailable from workplace may help curb cravings 24-hours a day. At the University of California, San Francisco, every campus food supplier – including locations like Subway – was told to remove soda from shelves. The UCSF was curious to see if the lack of availability had any measurable health effects on its 24,000 employees. The researchers are currently in the process of evaluating 214 blood samples collected to observe changes in metabolic activity. A preliminary survey of 2500 workers showed that soft drink ingestion was being reduced by roughly a quarter.
By far, the changes have been adopted by more than 30 medical centers in the U.S. Policymakers are even attempting to dilute soda consumption by raising sales taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. According to the World Health Organization, more than 20 percent price hike would directly result in a 20 percent reduction in soft drink consumption.