Ashburton District Council agreed today to consult the community and its staff on a draft Sugar-sweetened Beverages Policy for Council workplaces, facilities and Council run or sponsored events.
Council's proposed new policy is designed to support the health of its employees, elected members and visitors to Council facilities by limiting the sale and provision of sugar-sweetened beverages.
The accepted alternative choices to sugar-sweetened beverages, under the draft policy, are water, 100% fruit juice, unsweetened milk, artificially-sweetened or zero sugar soft drinks, coffee and tea.
Mayor Donna Favel says the goal of limiting sugar-sweetened beverages at Council workplaces, facilities, and events is to have a positive impact on the current and future health of the Ashburton community.
"The Council wants to set an example for the rest of the community in making positive health choices," she says.
"Added sugars contribute to obesity, poor dental health, and serious medical conditions such as type-2 diabetes. This policy will also support other agencies in tackling these issues in our district."
It is also in response to the Local Government Conference remit for all New Zealand councils to consider developing a policy for their workplaces and facilities.
Consultation on the policy opens today and will close on Sunday 22 October. Consultation documents are available online here and at the Council offices, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.