June, 9 2017

Manly and Mona Vale hospitals are making healthy normal by removing sugary drinks from sale in their vending machines and cafes by December 2017.

Healthier drink options, such as water, juices with no added sugar, tea, coffee and milk drinks, will be offered throughout the hospital to make up at least 75 per cent of the offering.

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General manager of Northern Beaches Health Service Frank Bazik said Manly and Mona Vale hospitals wanted to send a clear message about healthy eating and drinking.

"Our doctors, nurses and allied health professionals advise against consuming sugary drinks without nutritional value and phasing them out by the end of the year is a great step in the right direction," Mr Bazik said.

This NSW Health initiative is part of the new Healthy Choices policy framework with NSW being the first state in Australia to remove sugary drinks from its health facilities.

One in two adults and more than one in five children in NSW are overweight or obese.

"There is a strong link between the consumption of sugary drinks, obesity and related diseases," Mr Bazik said.

"As health leaders it is important we set the right example."

NSW Health chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health was working toward a five per cent reduction in overweight and obesity rates in adults by 2020.

"There’s no better way to start than right here on our own doorstep," Dr Chant said.

With the initiative NSW Health hopes to not only offer better food and drink choices in its own facilities but also show how a workable strategy can be successfully implemented across any organisation to assist healthier choices in any staffing environment.

More information on Healthy Food and Drink in NSW Health Facilities can be found at www.health.nsw.gov.au/heal

Tips to Make Healthy Normal can be found at www.makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au