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March 26, 2008

Wales bans junk food vending in hospitals

On March 25, 2008,  the Welsh Assembly Government (Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru) banned the vending of junk food in NHS hospitals in Wales. Most junk food is expected to be removed from vending machines in the next six months. From a BBC news article:

Chips_3 “ Crisps, chocolate and sugary drinks are to be removed from vending machines in NHS hospitals in Wales.”

Health Minister Edwina Hart says Wales is the first part of the UK to commit to such a move to tackle obesity and diet-related disease.”

In a news announcement on the Welsh Assembly Government webpage, Health Minister Edwina Hart is quoted, saying:

Vending_2 “Diet has an important role to play in the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.”

“We need to create an environment where it is easier for people to make healthy choices and our public sector settings should be an exemplar of best practice, particularly our hospitals.”

The March 26, 2008 BBC article can be found at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7311326.stm

A press release on the Welsh Assembly Government web page can be found at: http://new.wales.gov.uk/news/presreleasearchive/vending/?lang=en

Thank you to William Mitchell College of Law student Rebecca Steffen for preparing this post.

Photos:  Rebecca Steffen

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Good for them! I was just saying to someone the other day that instead of having vending machines with JUNK in them they should make vending machines with VEGGIES and FRUIT items in them.

Sure it would cost more because fresh fruits and veggies dont stay as fresh as over processed hydrogen dried preservative filled corn chips, but I would eat out of one if it had veggies in it!

Posted by: Kristi | Jul 21, 2008 12:37:03 PM

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