(KANSASCITY) — In a city where a third of children are overweight, it makes sense that the hospital responsible for their health, treatment and well-being would take steps to curb kids’ consumption of sugar and fat.

Children’s Mercy’s administrators say the hospital is taking the lead in the Kansas City area by being the first to eliminate all sugary drinks there, starting in January. That means no soda or sugar-filled juices in the vending machines, the cafeteria or the gift shop.

“That doesn’t mean hospital employees or patients’ visitors can’t bring their own sugary drink in,” said Karen Cox, the hospital’s executive vice president and co-chief operating officer, “but they won’t be sold anywhere in our hospital.”

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