Trivia Tuesday: Rethink That Drink!

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Chuck October 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Reay for the next step!!!???!!!
This is from two vendors!(today)
no more coffee or tea!


Amanda September 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I am a huge proponent of personal freedom and personal choice. However, Hopkins is not taking away anyone's freedom to drink sugared sodas! They are exercising THEIR freedom to decide what they offer in their cafeterias. You are still free to bring your soda from home or buy it outside the hospital. You will save money by bringing your own anyway, Hopkins charges like double what anything is worth.


Carol September 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

What ever happened to freedom of choice? I don't work in the hospital so this does not really impact me, but I would not like to have anyone dictate to me what I may or may not drink, I do not drink soda, I am an iced tea person, but management has stepped over a line here, if people pay for their choice of beverage, it is not up to Hopkins to tell them what that choice has to be, that's like going to vote and having your choice of candidate being left off the ballot, bad move Hopkins.


Rachel McCrae-Mathurin September 30, 2014 at 11:24 am

Almost everyday I juice with the Jack LaLayne Juicer which consists of (2) two stalks of celery, (2) or (3) three carrots and a pear. Always the celery and carrots, however; the fruit may change. Sometimes tomatoes, no vegetable or fruit goes to waste. Today is was a pear. I often use the Gala Apple when it's on sale or grapes. I find that I have a whole lot of energy in the morning on my way to work.


Bobbie September 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

As a diabetic, I am grateful for the greater choices in beverages and the nutritional information to help me calculate my insulin dosages. Yet, on the flip side. When I my blood sugar drops, I need that sugar. It is not always a healthy choice but can be a treatment for those of us with diabetes or any type of hypoglycemia. Have at least a 1-2 sugared resources.


Bonnie C September 30, 2014 at 9:59 am

And, I acknowledge that the choices of beverage options is probably directly related to the recent survey of "what items would you like to see in vending machines around this campus." I know I entered that I'd like to see more waters and juices and less sodas, but that's MY choice. I never expected the food court(s) to eliminate soda!


Bonnie C September 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

I agree with Melanie that adults should not be dictated as far as drink choices; but I also agree with Barbara regarding the size of the cups - maybe also increasing the price to make them less attractive - and adding signs to educate the public as to sugar content. But let's not stop at sugar, let's also address the corn syrup and fructose that sweetens our drinks. We're addicted to that sweet stuff and will walk a MILE to get it when we want it. (Of course, walking a mile cancels out most of those calories, so maybe that's not such a bad thing.) And it is true hypocrisy to restrict sodas while offering coffee (and tea) which is usually loaded with fatty creamer (substitutes are just as bad as the real thing) and lots of sugar (I've seen people put 6 packets of sugar in a small coffee).

Education is the key. This is a UNIVERSITY as well as a medical institution for crying out loud! Educate people so they can make informed decisions about their health. The food served at Cobblestone Cafe has the caloric and fat values displayed (though miniscule) and I have seen a lot of people read those tiny tags before choosing their meal options. There are huge signs everywhere, put up another huge sign showing the caloric value of a soda compared to, for instance, lemonade. See if that makes a difference, before taking away what may be the one sweet drink an informed adult consumes each day.


chuck October 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Part of Bonnies comment of (increasing the Price to make it less attractive ) is nothing but extortion.


Chuck September 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

sorry to say I believe like i would say talking and listening to others talking.
taking the sugar sodas from us AND the visitors isnot the answer and NON OF THEIR BUSINESS!!!!
Diet sodas hve been found to turn into something like formaldehyde.
Next you know they will be checking our bags as we come in to make sure we are not bringing it in.!


Barbara Ziegler September 30, 2014 at 9:03 am

I understand wanting our employees to be healthier, but diet sodas is not the answer, as studies have shown that artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar and can in fact contribute to diabetes. I think the decision to remove all sugar-containing beverages from the fountain machines in the cafeteria was not a good one. Why not just decrease cup sizes? or post miniature signs about sugar/artificial sweetener content above the options. Please consider the headache sufferers for whom a "real" Coke or Pepsi provides relief, and what about those who are sensitive or allergic to aspartame, or those who just want an occasional soda with sugar.


Mary September 30, 2014 at 8:02 am

Yikes! Glad I don't drink sugary drinks since I missed all three questions. Although I hear the sugar substitute in my diet drink is worse for me? I'll keep eating lots of broccoli to balance the aspartame. ๐Ÿ™‚


Marie Schanke September 30, 2014 at 7:57 am

If you haven't seen the movie Fed Up you should. You'll get all kinds of great trivia questions from it (plus feel like you can't go through 95% of the groxery store anymore)! Getting the news out about sugar, especially being in low fat and non-fat items, is critical to the health of our society The food industry had to make those items taste better when they removed fat. They added sugar, in its many forms, to do that. Low fat & non-fat items are actually worse for you than the regular versions - in moderation. (Can you tell I just saw this movie)? ๐Ÿ™‚


Betty Gilman September 30, 2014 at 7:57 am

I have been a dedicated milk drinker for years. Each day at lunchtime I visit the Cobblestone Cafe to purchase my 16 oz. bottle of skim milk. Now that the new beverage initiative is starting, I can no longer purchase the pint bottles of milk for 1.69. I find I must buy 2 8oz containers of milk which cost me 1.89 total. If this is the result of the new beverage initiative, I'm not in favor of it.


Melanie Cremen September 30, 2014 at 3:08 am

I feel that is unfair to take sodas with sugar in them out of the beverage machine and cafeteria. I work nights and I usually drink one a night to 1 stay awake and 2 to keep my coworkers happy. (Im not a Happy Camper without my soda. I can't drink diet soda. It's not healthy anyhow with the fake sugar substitutes that are in it.. I feel we should be able to make our own choices. It is our life...and I don't feel that my employer should be able to take my choice away. I wonder how you people would feel if coffee was taken away? It has no value and most people drink it with creamer and sugar... Hum I wonder how the day people would survive.... Just saying I think it is a personal choice. Sad Ill have to hoard soda in my locker....


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