The public is reminded of the ban on the sale of sugar sweetened beverages from all MidCentral District Health Board premises from next Tuesday (7 April).
The ban will cover soft drinks, sugary fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy and other drinks where sugar is added to the beverage before sale. Low or no-sugar drinks such as water, unflavoured milk, tea, coffee and artificially sweetened soft drinks will still be available. Sugar will be available for staff and visitors who prefer sweetened tea or coffee (as these drinks contain a lot less sugar than sugar sweetened beverages). Fruit and vegetable juices will still be available, but limited to 250 ml sizes.
The DHB hopes the ban will encourage staff, and visitors to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks and avoid the associated risks of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and dental problems.
Staff have largely been positive about the health-promoting hospital strategy, and MDHB has been supported in the media for announcing the ban.
MidCentral Medical Officer of Health Dr Rob Weir says New Zealanders are among the biggest consumers of sugar sweetened beverages. He thanks staff for their support of the ban – which has helped the media highlight the problems with drinking too many sugary drinks, and which will make it easier for patients and staff to model making the healthy choice.
MDHB is one of many DHBs to ban sales of sugary sweetened beverages, and other DHB are expected to follow in coming months.
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