IU Health bans sugary drinks from hospitals

It could be just what the doctor ordered for an overweight population: Indiana University Health has removed all sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops at its Downtown and Fishers hospitals.

You won’t find Coke, Sprite or even sweet tea. The only sodas available are diet drinks such as Diet Coke, Coke Zero and light lemonade.

The move, which will eventually extend to all the hospitals in the IU Health system, follows the guidelines set by the Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce childhood obesity by working with the private sector.

About 65 percent of Hoosiers are overweight, with about 30 percent of those obese. Studies have linked soft drink consumption to the rise in obesity. A 20-ounce serving of Coca-Cola, for example, packs 240 calories and 65 grams of sugar.


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