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Sugar purge: DHBs ditch the sugar

DONNA-LEE BIDDLE, March 19 2017 Stuff

Fresh fruit on display at a hospital cafeteria.

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No coke. No high-sugar-content juices. No sweet stuff.We were determined to lead from the front, said Waikato District Health Board (DHB) medical officer of health Dr Richard Vipond.

“Obesity is now the leading cost to the New Zealand health budget,” he said.”Healthy eating is essential to good health and over recent decades, we’ve seen vastly increased populations of obese and overweight people.”

The key person behind the initiative to get rid of the fizz was Dr Rob Beaglehole, principal dental officer at Nelson-Marlborough DHB.

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