St. Luke's becomes first hospital in state to follow NYC's lead, ban sale of sugary drinks

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First sodas, then chocolate chip cookies?
A month after New York City approved a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, Duluth-based St. Luke's Hospital has taken the next step and is banning the sale of all sugary drinks on hospital premises.

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"What we're learning from data that's out there is that sugar-sweetened beverages are a significant contributor to obesity," Mark Branovan, director of hospitality at St. Luke's, told the Duluth News Tribune. He added that guests and employees can still bring in their own Cokes and Pepsis if they like.

Jamie Harvin of the Duluth-based Institute for a Sustainable Future applauded St. Luke's move, telling the Tribune, "Tackling the obesity crisis is not the sole responsibility of our hospitals, but if our hospitals can't lead, who will?"

But where does the slippery slope end? With sugary drinks no longer for sale on hospital premises, will all sweet treats soon be taboo?

Regarding the question of whether a ban on all "unhealthy" foods is next, Branovan told the Tribune that St. Luke's isn't "that radical."

St. Luke's aside, obesity experts such as the Mayo Clinic's Donald Hensrud argue that soda, as opposed to foods like cookies and chocolatey snack bars, presents a unique public health problem.

"Regular soda is a triple whammy, so to speak," Hensrud told the Rochester Post Bulletin. "It's extra calories, there's no nutritional value at all, and it may displace other foods that are healthier."

-- Hat-tip: BringMeTheNews --

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Myron A. Bruss Sr
Myron A. Bruss Sr

They shut'em down! Shut'em down, shut'em down! Shut'em, shut'em down! Git on down to the cafeteria for the good food!

Jerimiah Hartmann
Jerimiah Hartmann

That is stupidest thing I have ever heard . Why the hell does anyone think they have the right to tell people what they can and can not drink much less how much of something . What did in NYC is wrong and they should never ever been aloud to ban it . Just another way for big brother to look over our shoulder and say no no that's bad. Nuff said

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

About time. Now for the next step - NO McDonald's at one of the nation's most prestigious heart hospitals. Hint: it's in Minneapolis and it rhymes with Babbot.


Now, if only it would take less than 6 hours in that emergency room we'd really be getting somewhere.


 @joyestellesummers You don't visit many ERs do you?  It's not first come first serve.  They triage and treat according to severity and need.  Long waits in the ER are a good thing.  It means you're not dying.  Be nervous when they admit you and get to work right away.


@_Joe_ On the contrary,I have been in MANY hospital ER's over the years, but this one in particular the most. It's a terrible situation I wouldn't wish upon anyone.

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