• In Support of a Healthier Community

    A.O. Fox Hospital - Tri-Town Campus

    November 27, 2017

    7a608e5ce5616722ab79d965e7de1e4f_f3641.jpgSince first launching the program five years ago, Bassett Healthcare Network has been an advocate for the 5-2-1-0 healthy lifestyles campaign as part of our mission to support healthier communities. The program focuses on highlighting key initiatives for a healthy lifestyle that are easy to remember and highly effective. The “5” stands for 5 fruits and vegetables a day, the “2” for two hours or less of recreational screen time, “1” for at least an hour of physical activity, and “0” for cutting out sugary drinks. Bassett advocates for the program in a variety of ways including within our School-Based Health Program; however, Cobleskill Regional Hospital has taken its mission one step further, eliminating sugary drinks from its cafeteria.

    Cobleskill Regional Hospital’s cafeteria and coffee shop have eliminated most sugar-sweetened beverages such as sweetened tea, Gatorade and Yoo-Hoo and will now offer a limited selection of soda and diet soda (offered in smaller sizes). To replace the sugary beverages, there will now be an increase of healthier beverages, such as water, sparkling water and seltzer. Additionally, the prices of healthier beverage options will decrease, and the prices of small amount of sugar-sweetened beverages will increase.

    Eric Stein, Cobleskill Regional Hospital president says, “Hospitals must play a role not only in disease treatment but in prevention as well, and Cobleskill Regional Hospital is proud of the work that we're doing."

    Currently in the U.S., childhood obesity numbers have tripled since the 1970s. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 elementary aged children suffer from obesity. According to Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, less than 10 percent of our daily calories should come from added sugars, not including the naturally occurring sugars in dairy products and fruits. Currently, the average teenager consumes approximately 17 percent of his or her daily calories from added sugars, effectively increasing our community’s risk for obesity. So, where does all this sugar come from? The largest culprit is sugar-sweetened beverages, such as sodas and juices. Childhood obesity is linked to serious chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Hospitals must play a role not only in disease treatment but in prevention as well. Bassett Healthcare Network is working toward a happy and healthier community and Cobleskill Regional Hospital has taken a big step in the right direction.