RJAH supporting healthy lifestyle with action on sugar-sweetened drinks

Release Date: 04/07/2017

RJAH supporting healthy lifestyle with action on sugar-sweetened drinks

Sugar-sweetened drinks are to be phased out at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital – as part of an NHS-wide drive to promote healthy lifestyles.

NHS England has issued a new directive that came into force at the start of this month, which states that sales of sugar-sweetened drinks – including the likes of cola, energy drinks and fruit smoothies – can only make up 10% of total drinks sales on a hospital site.

But the Oswestry-based hospital has taken the decision to go one step further and remove all sugar-sweetened beverages from its restaurant. The League of Friends, who run the on-site cafĂ©, and the hospital’s vending machine supplier have also agreed to follow suit.

Phil Page-Davies, Head of Estates and Facilities at RJAH, said: “We are committed to supporting our patients and staff to lead healthier lifestyles and to make simple, positive choices.

“As a result, and following a recent directive from NHS England, we have taken the decision to move to reduce all sugar-sweetened beverages from sale across the Trust with immediate effect.

“These drinks will not disappear from the shelves straight away, as we will run down existing stocks,” he added. “Healthier alternatives to these drinks, such as Coke Zero or Diet Coke, will still be available.

“Fruit juices which contain naturally occurring sugar are not affected by this decision, and will remain on sale.”

The move has been welcomed by Bev Tabernacle, the hospital’s Director of Nursing.

Bev said it was the hospital’s responsibility as an NHS organisation to take a lead in promoting healthy lifestyles.

“We are very aware of the hidden health dangers of added sugars,” she added. “Many drinks that contain added sugars can be high in energy but often have few other nutrients.

“Drinking these products too often can lead to weight gain and obesity. In particular, drinking lots of sugary drinks has been linked to an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Sugary drinks can also contribute towards tooth decay.

“We are really pleased to encourage anything which promotes a healthier lifestyle for staff and visitors alike, so we support this move by NHS England.”

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