Sugar to be cut by June

The Western Star - - NEWS / WELCOME - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

SUGAR is be­ing kicked to the kerb, as the Roma Hos­pi­tal phases out un­healthy drinks from its can­teen.

All South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties will no longer stock drinks with high lev­els of sugar from June, as part of the Queens­land Health’s new guide.

The new and health­ier lines which will be avail­able for pa­tients and vis­i­tors is a move South West HHS chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Patat said placed their fa­cil­i­ties at the fore­front of pro­vid­ing health­ier ser­vices.

“The drinks guide aims to pro­vide a health­ier range of op­tions for pa­tients, vis­i­tors and staff at Queens­land Health fa­cil­i­ties,” Ms Patat said.

“Within the South West HHS, we have vend­ing ma­chines at Roma, Mitchell, St Ge­orge and Charleville hos­pi­tals and an in-hos­pi­tal cafes (and) can­teen at Roma.

“In line with the best prac­tice guide, our drink vend­ing ma­chines at Roma and Mitchell now of­fer only sugar-free drinks or wa­ter.”

Ms Patat said the changes were in­tended to pro­mote a health­ier choice for pa­tients, vis­i­tors and staff, as well as of­fer­ing an ex­am­ple to the broader com­mu­nity.

New food op­tions have also been rolled out to com­pli­ment the changes to the drinks menu at all in­pa­tient and aged care health fa­cil­i­ties across the re­gion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HEALTHY FU­TURE: Rae­lene Dale, from the Roma Hos­pi­tal, and Ro­han Bal­lon, from South West HHS, check out the sugar-free drink op­tions at the hos­pi­tal can­teen.

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