This webinar introduces the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new set of resources geared to support efforts to develop and build healthy beverages programs in Minnesota healthcare facilities. It also provides a case study of how Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego implemented a healthy beverage program; explains the Minnesota Commons Health Hospital Challenge, which includes a sugary drink sales elimination pledge; and provides practical tips and strategies for starting a conversation within a healthcare facility about this important issue.
Sugary drinks are the leading contributor of calories and added sugars to the American diet, and play a key role in the obesity epidemic. Growing numbers of hospitals across the country and in Minnesota are taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption within their facilities as a way to promote healthier environments for staff, patients and visitors, and to model health-promoting choices.
Speakers: The webinar will feature a panel of speakers, including:
- Julie Ralston Aoki, from the Public Health Law Center
- Stacia Clinton, from Health Care Without Harm;
- Cheri Fidler and Marybeth Schlichtholz, from Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
- Jamie Harvie, from Institute for a Sustainable Future
- Karen Nitzkorski, PartnerSHIP4Health
Participants will learn about:
- The Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new, free resource
- Why and how a growing number of hospitals are implementing programs to promote healthy foods and beverage choices within their own facilities
- An opportunity to receive free, individualized technical assistance to start a conversation about sugary drinks within their organizations
Financial support for the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit was provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Financial support was also provided by the Minnesota Cancer Alliance with funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement Number 5U55DP003045). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.