MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Allina Health has announced that it no longer will offer sugar-sweetened beverages and deep-fried foods in its vending machines, hospital cafeterias, cafés and other foodservice facilities as of Jan. 1, 2016.
Allina Health operates 13 hospitals and more than 90 clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The hospitals include Abbott Northwestern, Mercy, United and Unity, in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
In line with the upcoming Allina ban, Abbott Northwestern has notified McDonald's that it plans to terminate its lease agreement with the restaurant chain, and proposes to close the McDonald's situated inside the hospital by May 31, 2016.
These restrictions are part of an Allina Health initiative that it calls "Choose Healthy." Not only will it remove deep-fried foods and beverages pre-sweetened with added sugars or other caloric sweeteners, but it also intends to offer "new, healthier cafeteria and foodservice options," as well as enhanced labeling to insure that nutrition information is clear.