- One in two adults in NSW and more than one in five children are overweight or obese.
- As part of their Make Healthy Normal campaign, a new framework will see sugary drinks (with zero nutritional value) phased out of health facilities across NSW by December 2017.
- The aim is to reduce overweight and obesity rates in adults by 5% by 2020.
Today NSW has finally made moves to improve the health of their staff and visitors to hospitals and health facilities by launching a new healthy food and drink policy.
The initiative is in support of the NSW government’s Make Healthy Normal campaign and will encourage the removal of sugary drinks from sale. Essentially, vending machines, cafés, cafeterias and catering services will all be targeted to ensure that by December 2017, 75 per cent of offerings available to staff and visitors are considered healthy.
While it’s definitely a win in the sense that the NSW government is acknowledging the damaging effects of sugar, when we wrote about a similar ban against sugary drinks in Victoria last year, we suggested the ban be imposed nationwide!
Sugar and sugary drinks have no place in healthcare facilities. Do you agree?