END DAYS: Health warnings sees the end of sugary drink sales in Mid North Coast health facilities by December 31.
END DAYS: Health warnings sees the end of sugary drink sales in Mid North Coast health facilities by December 31.

Last drinks at health facilities for sugary sippers

FROM December 31 finding a sugary drink at health facilities run by Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) will be mission impossible.

Sugary drinks will be replaced by healthier food and drink choices following the decision announced in June by NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, to introduce the Healthy Choices in Health Facilities policy.

MNCLHD chief executive Stewart Dowrick said it was important to lead by example.

"We aim to take leadership in making healthy choices easier for our staff and community,” he said.

"As a health service we need to ensure food and drink choices offered for sale in our facilities support the important healthy eating advice being given to patients and the community.”

Research shows half of all Australians consume more sugar than recommended and sugary drinks contribute to overweight and obesity.

Changes will be seen in coming weeks to the types of drinks offered in vending machines, cafes and other retail outlets.

Drinks that will no longer be sold include soft drinks, some flavoured waters, fruit drinks, cordials, iced teas, energy drinks and sports drinks.

More information may be found at www.health.nsw.gov.au/heal 



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