SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -- Days of getting drinks and food loaded with sugar at Intermountain Healthcare facilities are numbered.
The healthcare organization is revamping their cafes, and vending machines with healthier choices.
22 Intermountain Healthcare facilities and 185 of their clinics are doing away with junk food.
There are more than 19 teaspoons of sugar in one 20oz drink of Mountain Dew, much more than the recommended daily allowance for sugar.
Robin Aufdenkampe, RN, Intermountain Medical Center, "the American Heart Association says women should have no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day and men no more than 9 teaspoons. Most kids are drinking chocolate milk and this has 10 teaspoons of sugar. Kids should only have 6 teaspoons.
Intermountain Healthcare is getting rid of candy, donuts and other unhealthy snacks and drinks in all of their facilities.
What do employees think about it?
"I think it's a bold move for Intermountain to do. I think it helps endorse our primary goal of healthy life choices and healthy living."
So what will they replace the junk food with? intermountain is still figuring that out and setting a criteria of how much sugar will be allowed.
But they say the options will be much healthier with low sugar or no sugar drinks. There will still be diet sodas, unsweetened teas, fruit flavored water and water.
There are already healthy options in their cafeterias but some of their menus will have to change.
Aufdenkamp, "this is in support of our mission, Intermountain mission, to help people live the healthiest life possible. We think this will be one measure that will have a positive impact. Caregivers and individuals are influenced by their environments and if their environment is filled with unhealthy options than they don't have any choices."
While Intermountain Healthcare will not be selling or promoting sugar drinks and treats, they won't be banning them from the hospital. If you want to bring those items into the facility you are free to do so.
Intermountain will be transitioning out the sugar drinks in February and are hoping for full implementation by March 1.
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