The latest effort to improve the lives of many in the community means you won't find any sugary drinks at any ProMedica campus in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan.
ProMedica says, effective Feb. 1, 2013, they will no longer serve or sell sugar-sweetened beverages at any of their facilities, including eleven hospitals in the area.
The health organization's goal is to improve the health and well-being of all employees, patients, and those in the community by eliminating beverages that have little to no nutritional value. They will no longer serve or sell drinks with high fructose corn syrup (sucrose) added. This includes all regular soft drinks, non-100% fruit juices, sports drinks, tea, coffee, and energy drinks.
"The evidence is becoming overwhelming that sugar-sweetened beverages are hazardous to our health, contributing not only to obesity and diabetes, but to an increased risk for heart disease as well," says ProMedica Wellnes Medical Director Dr. Matt Roth.
Citing a national trend in health care, ProMedica will continue to serve and sell water, low or non-fat milk, unsweetened tea and coffee drinks, 100% vegetable or fruit juices, and diet soft drinks.
The new sugar-sweetened beverages policy, developed by medical staff, will apply to all hospital cafeterias, cafÃ© and gift shops, vending machines, patient and family food menus, and all catering at all ProMedica sites.
The organization says employees and visitors will still be able to bring in their own beverages for personal use.
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