"What we're learning from data that's out there is that sugar-sweetened beverages are a significant contributor to obesity," said Mark Branovan, director of hospitality at St. Luke's.
administrators decided on Sept. 17 to stop selling the products, Branovan
said, but the ban hasn't been fully implemented.
"We're shooting for Nov. 1," Branovan
"It's a short transition period.
We have to run the product out. … We have to bring new selections in and equipment in.
We also have some patient menus that have Coca Cola
We have to reprint some of our menus."
The ban applies to every clinic across the St. Luke's
system as well as its main campus in Duluth, Branovan
But the St. Luke's
ban doesn't prevent patients' families or employees from bringing in their own sugar-sweetened beverages, Branovan
Familiar products still will be available at St. Luke's
That includes Diet Coke, already the hospital's best-seller by such a wide margin that it exceeds the sales of the No. 2, 3 and 4 choices combined.
All-natural, no-sugar-added juices, Diet Snapple and flavored seltzer waters are being added to the mix, he
Nor is St. Luke's
removing all sugar from its offerings.
You'll still be able to buy cookies, for example.
"We could take away everything that is not healthy," Branovan
"We're not that radical."