No Sugary Drinks To Be Sold At U-M Health System

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan Health System and the medical school soon will stop selling sugary drinks in their cafeterias and vending machines.

The Detroit News reports Monday the policy is set to take effect in mid-November and applies to sodas, sweetened coffees, sports drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, energy drinks and sweetened tea.

Health system spokesman Pete Barkey says it's part of an "effort to model healthy behaviors."

According to Barkey, officials were sensitive to concerns the new policy would hamper hospital visitors who may want a comforting drink at a traumatic time.

Drinks that will remain on shelves include diet soda, 100 percent fruit juice, white and chocolate milk, milkshakes, smoothies, flavored waters, unsweetened tea, coffee and vegetable juice.

Staff, visitors and patients still can bring in their own drinks.

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