KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Beginning January, you won't find soda pop and other sugary drinks sold or served inside Children's Mercy Hospital.
It's the first hospital in the area to take such a stand in an effort to fight childhood obesity. There is a national nine point program being led by the Partnership for a Healthier America.
Children's Mercy also is vowing to serve more fruits and vegetables, among other healthier food options.
The hospital recently closed the in-house McDonald's and hopes to eliminate all deep fryers in the facility by 2015.
An exception to elimination of the sugary drink rule is if a patient is dehydrated and will only drink a sugar-filled beverage, then one can be served. Employees and visitors can bring in their own, as well.