First hospi­tal bans su­gary snacks from staff can­teen

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A HOSPI­TAL has be­come the first in the coun­try to ban su­gary food, snacks and fizzy drinks from its staff can­teen.

Tame­side Hospi­tal, in Greater Manch­ester, has swapped all con­fec­tionery for health­ier op­tions.

The only drinks avail­able for its 4,000 staff will be tea, cof­fee, milk and wa­ter. Vend­ing ma­chines will also soon switch to sell­ing only health­ier op­tions.

The ban fol­lows calls from NHS Eng­land urg­ing hos­pi­tals to slash sales of su­gary drinks, and the hospi­tal’s Slim­pod weight-loss pro­gramme, which was set up by staff last sum­mer.

Karen James, the hospi­tal trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘Long hours and shift pat­terns of­ten make it very dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to make healthy choices, so they opt for the in­stant sweet fixes.

‘Th­ese are ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als who be­lieve they should be role mod­els for their pa­tients – but the food en­vi­ron­ment has been work­ing against them.’

The most suc­cess­ful per­son in the pro­gramme lost 28lb in 12 weeks, and one who had been chron­i­cally di­a­betic is about to come off her med­i­ca­tion.

Nurse Luan Wal­ton, 38, said: ‘I’ve lost 20lb in 12 weeks. I’ve al­ready dropped a dress size and a half. I’m wear­ing a smaller uni­form and soon will have to re­place it with an even smaller one!’

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