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NHS hospital becomes first to ban sugary snacks from its canteen

Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester brought in the healthier snacks to support staff trying to lose weight. Credit: ITV News

An NHS hospital has become the first in the country to go "sugar free" in its canteen and vending machines.

Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester has banned all sugary snacks and fizzy drinks, swapping them for healthier options.

The only drinks available are tea, coffee, milk and water.

Management say it comes after a successful weight loss scheme for its staff.

Fizzy drinks have been swapped for milk or water. Credit: ITV News

One hundred staff at the hospital started a 12-week weight loss programme in the summer and to support them, sugary desserts were taken off the menu for a trial period.

Now they have been removed permanently to take temptation away.

Long hours and shift patterns often make it very difficult for people to make healthy choices, so they opt for the instant sweet fixes, which until now have been readily available.

These are dedicated healthcare professionals who believe they should be role models for their patients but the food environment has been working against them.

– Karen James, Chief Executive
Sugar is now off the menu for hospital staff. Credit: PA
90%
of hospital staff said snacking was their biggest challenge in weight loss
13kg
lost by one member of staff

The Chair of the National Obesity Forum has welcomed the move, which he called “trailblazing.”