St. Luke's Saying 'No' To Sugary Drinks Sale
Posted at: 09/17/2012 10:51 PM
| Updated at: 09/18/2012 3:11 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
In a time when the U.S. is looking for answers to our nation's obesity problem, several Northland hospitals are making some changes right now.
On Monday night, physicians, nurses and community leaders met at Duluth's Zeitgeist Arts Café to talk about the Commons Health Hospital Challenge. The challenge is serving as a call to action for hospitals to fight unhealthy habits.
"To be clear, these issues are not the solely the responsibility of our hospital leadership. They are community responsibility. But in the end, if we can't makes these changes in our hospitals, how will we ever tackle them elsewhere?" said Jamie Harvie, Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future.
Harvie detailed the challenge alongside members of the hospital community. And he made a big announcement about a Duluth institution, St. Luke's Hospital.
Harvie said St. Luke's has committed to stop selling sugar-sweetened beverages in the hospital and they've drinks and to buy 20 percent of its food locally by the year 2020.
Harvie said St. Luke's hasn't set a launch date yet, but that it will be sometime this year.