Reducing Sugary Drinks in Healthcare Facilities: Starting the Conversation

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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.

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  • Julie Ralston Aoki, Public Health Law Center
  • Stacia Clinton, Health Care Without Harm
  • Cheri Fidler & Marybeth Schlichtholz, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
  • Jamie Harvie, Institute for a Sustainable Future
  • Karen Nitzkorski, PartnerSHIP4Health