Sugary Beverage Sales Phase out
Hospitals must adopt a policy which ends the sale of sugar beverages (within one year of policy adoption) and provision to patients unless medically required. This policy must include:
Food and Nutrition Services: Dining Rooms, Cafés, Cafeterias, vending, and patient meals.
Any onsite food court vendors.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are defined as any drink that contains added sugar. Added sugars can be from natural sources (such as white sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave nectar) or man-made sweeteners (such as high fructose corn syrup).
Examples of sugar-sweetened beverages are:
regular sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks
sweetened iced teas, coffees, lemonades, and punches
fruit or vegetable drinks that are not 100% juice
flavored waters containing calories
Water, seltzers,unsweetened coffee and teas, all milks, soymilk beverages, 100% fruit and vegetable juices are all viable alternatives.
For an example see this Dartmouth Hitchcock hospital policy.
For a Minnesota Example see For a Minnesota Example see Grand Itasca Policy