Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado Promotes Access to Healthy Foods and Beverages

Children's Hospital Colorado | July 18, 2017
A young child with short brown hair is drinking a glass of water at the breakfast table as a healthy alternative to sugar sweetened beverages like juice.

We are pleased to announce that as part of the Healthy Hospital Initiative, all locations have phased out sugar-sweetened beverages. These beverages, such as soda and sports drinks, have been replaced with healthier options in cafeterias, micro-markets and vending machines at all Children’s Colorado locations throughout the state.

Sugar-sweetened beverages

Liquid sugar, like that in soda and sports drinks, is the largest source of added sugars in the American diet. Growing evidence shows that eating too much sugar over time can cause serious health problems, including cavities, obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are drinks that have added sugar or other sweeteners. They include:

  • Carbonated drinks with added sugars (soda/pop)
  • Fruit drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Pre-sweetened tea and coffee drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Any other drinks with added sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, honey, or other caloric sweeteners

Healthy Hospital Initiative

“We are excited to have joined other hospitals across the country in removing sugary drinks and adding healthier drink choices at Children’s Hospital Colorado,” said Katie O’Connor, Health Promotion Programs Manager at Children’s Colorado. “In addition, we believe we have a responsibility to model and advocate healthy behaviors within our organization and throughout the community. When we take accountability for our health in our daily choices, we lead by example, and our bodies and minds are better equipped to weather personal health challenges that may lie ahead.”

The Healthy Hospital Initiative promotes access to healthy foods and beverages. We are committed to supporting the health of patients, families, visitors and team members by increasing access to a variety of healthier options. However, team members, patients and families are still allowed to bring in their own sugar-sweetened beverages if they wish.