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Children’s Minnesota will eliminate all sugar-sweetened beverages at its locations to help combat childhood obesity

Effective May 2, 2016, it will no longer carry sugar-sweetened beverages at any of its locations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – April 12, 2016 – Children’s Minnesota announced today that effective May 2, 2016, it will no longer carry sugar-sweetened beverages at any of its locations. The decision was made in an effort to combat childhood obesity after seeing a consistent increase in obese and overweight children and youth, as well as to offer better-for-you options for its employees.

Professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, American Medical Association and the Institute of Medicine have all called for a reduction in added sugars. As a result, many other health systems across the Twin Cities, region and country have, or are, taking steps to eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from their facilities.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugar in many people’s diets. Consuming too much sugar has been shown to increase the risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. With one in four children in Minnesota being classified as obese, promoting consumption of other better-for-you beverages is one small step Children’s believes they can take to educate patients, families and staff about the importance of adopting healthier lifestyles.

“As a health care organization and a pediatric system that lives by our value to put “Kids first,” Children’s Minnesota has an obligation to model healthier behavior to help make the better choice the easy choice for all who visit and work in our facilities,” said Phil Kibort, chief medical officer and vice president, medical affairs at Children’s Minnesota. “Given this, providing better-for-you beverage options within the organization is a priority.”

Children’s will eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from its hospitals, clinics, and administrative office locations. No sugar-sweetened beverages will be sold in the cafeterias, coffee shops, vending machines, or gift shops. Individuals visiting or working at any locations may still bring in beverages from home.

Children’s welcomes everyone to enjoy some of the new options available to employees, patients, families, and the community. More information on the change can be found on the organization’s website at

About Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s Minnesota maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. Please visit