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MAHONING TOWNSHIP -- Geisinger Health System is shortening its name to just Geisinger and come January 1, all Geisinger facilities are cutting sugary drinks.

Sugar-sweetened drinks will not be available in the vending machines, in the cafeterias, or any Geisinger food facility.

“Ironically enough, I'm actually a dental student, so I'm all for it, yeah! I mean I think it's good. Especially from a hospital standpoint to make that initiative. I think it could help people in the long run,” said Tom Huntley-Loehr of Philadelphia. His girlfriend is a student at Geisinger.

"Sugar sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, which contributes to rising trends of obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, and many other health problems," said Geisinger Guest Services Vice President Bruce Thomas. "This initiative is the first step in turning the ride of the overall health of the communities we care for."

Any beverage sweetened with sugar will be gone, including regular sodas, fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks, sweetened waters and sweetened milks.

"I know some people will definitely have an issue with it. I think overall it is a good idea to move in that direction, there's plenty of other options,” said Mike Dorbad of Exeter.

Geisinger officials say removing sugar-sweetened beverages is just the latest step they're taking to promote healthy eating.

In 2010, they removed trans-fats from their food system. In 2011, they took the fryers out of all their food facilities.

Last year, they put a sodium cap on certain items on their menus and this year, they introduced antibiotic-free chicken.

"It goes with the policy of Geisinger having wellness programs, getting everyone on campus healthy, so it's cut to cut sugars for everybody else here,” said Dr. Amin Demerdash, a resident at Geisinger near Danville.


  • Sandy

    All I want to know is … Can we still breath the air .. 😲 Good grief .. Eat Drink and be merry.. 🤗

  • reggie

    Well thank you Geisinger…you just gave me a money making opportunity, everyday I come onto your campus I will bring in my own cases of soda for sale and make my own little profit off of your arrogance!

  • Stumpy

    This is news? When WNEP isn’t reposting CNN WIRE stories, they are “reporting” on this fluff. How about Geisinger lower their outrageous monthly premiums ? how about a story on that, WNEP?

      • Norm

        Journalists they disappeared during the 50’s and 60’s now it’s all tabloid based get the ratings. That’s all they care about WNEP employs a lot of folks, however they can’t write a story to save their life. I am reminded of an article that Jim Hamill wrote about a helicopter landing in Honesdale. I would give you further details about that landing but the whole story was that a helicopter landed in Honesdale, no where special or weird. I refuse to watch the news and the only reason I bothered to comment is because I was interested to see how the socialist based company Geisinger was going to change people’s lives this time, lmfao.

  • Eat More Plants

    Most medical facilities need to do a complete overhaul of the food, or food like items, they serve. For places that are meant to help you get well, the food they serve is a disgrace.

  • Givemeabreak

    All these comments about Geisinger cutting out sugary drinks. They are a health care facility that offers benefits to their workers. Sugar increases tumor growth, fact. Just like you can’t smoke there because it is harmful and Geisinger doesn’t want to pay for these addicts to get sick. How sad that people can’t give up their sugar even knowing how bad it is for you. Food addicts are just as bad as the junkies. Running up our health care bill because they have no self control and then acting superior to the people addicted to opioids. I am sure someone will justify it by saying one is legal and one is not but isn’t a drug a drug?
    “Sugar also has some effects on opioid pathways within the brain, the same system manipulated by drugs like heroin and morphine (8, 9, 10). This is why highly processed, sugar-laden foods can make (some) people lose control over their consumption. They hijack the same brain pathways as drugs of abuse.”.

    • Go take a sugar shot

      Oh my word!! Ya please give me a break.!! You and all the other extremists like you are what’s wrong with the world today. Sugar in moderation isn’t killing anyone who is healthy enough to consume a freaking soda every now and then. And ya I’m saying I’m way better then some freaking druggie overdosing on heroine!! I’ll just sit here and consume my coffee with cream and sugar and then I’ll go on to work then come home take care of my home and children unlike a drug addict and I promise you won’t find me in a ditch overdosing and have to take me to the hospital to give me Narcan just to be released and do it again oh and not pay my hospital bill! Mmmmm I might just go get a donut too!!

  • John B. II

    I think it should be up to an employer to decide whether they should provide sugary drinks in the form of a vending machine or soda fountain, etc. and whether their employees should be allowed to bring their personnel drinks to work according to their (the employer’s) religious believes. Just common sense and morality.

  • Justin K

    I hate to say it but we’re not children, no need to be regulated by an employer to this extent. I’d say it’s much more fair to leave the option up to the employee.

  • L.J.

    People need to stop being so lazy. Go to the store and get what you need instead sitting home in your pajamas and ordering everything to be delivered, and turn off Facebook and twitter a little bit more.

    • ........

      What in the world are you talking about? They aren’t sitting on the couch in their pjs if they’re at geisinger wanting a soda!

  • Dontgiveacrapaboutturdkeyhillrobberiessopleasestop

    maybe should worry more about drugs , tobacco and the d-bag tweeter we have for a president

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