Visitors and staff in need of a sugar boost at Campbelltown and Camden hospitals best plan ahead.
As of December 1 this year, the South Western Sydney Local Health District put a ban on the sale of sugary sweetened drinks – like coke – to visitors and staff.
The changes will not impact patients.
Staff and visitors won’t be banned from consuming the sugary drinks inside the hospital if the drinks have been purchased from outside the hospital.
SWSLHD director of population health, Dr Stephen Conaty said the changes were one tool being used in the fight against obesity.
“Across the state, one in five children and one in two adults are overweight or obese,” he said.
“In south western Sydney one in every four children is overweight or obese – something we should all be concerned about.
“Excess weight is associated with a wide range of chronic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and some cancers.
“Sugary drinks such as soft drinks, cordials, some flavoured waters, iced teas, energy and sports drinks contain added sugars and have no nutritional benefit.
“Water is always the healthiest drink and we encourage our staff and visitors to make water your drink. But there are also other healthy options including juices with no added sugar, diet drinks, tea, coffee and milk drinks.
“We want to encourage healthy behaviour without completely removing choice.”
Dr Conaty said more changes were on the way in the future.
“The health and wellbeing of staff, visitors and our community is priority for the district, which is why we’re committing to a healthy food and drink environment,” he said.
“There will be further changes over time as we increase the availability of healthy food choices so we can help people make the healthy choice an easy choice.”