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Goodbye, Timbits: Should junk food be banned in hospitals?

Tim Horton's Timbits

Goodbye, donuts.

Capital Health, Nova Scotia's largest health district, announced on Friday that as of this fall foods that fail to meet its healthy food guidelines will no longer be served at Tim Hortons outlets found in the district's institutions.

"Capital Health has a duty to be a leader in our community on health and health issues," Amanda Whitewood, vice-president of sustainability, said in a release. "One way we are working to improve the health of our community is by making healthier choices the easier ones in the food we sell to the staff, patients, families and visitors that use the restaurants in our facilities day in and day out."

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The release cited baked good such as donuts and muffins as those that will likely be removed from the menu. It added that efforts to make the food served at Capital Health facilities healthier began when deep fryers were removed from hospital cafeterias in 2009.

This is not the first time a hospital in Canada has cracked down on fast food. In March, the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto, opted to give the boot to a Burger King restaurant inside the hospital.

In the weeks leading up to the hospital's decision not to renew Burger King's lease, doctors had begun voicing their opinions about just which foods should be served in the cafeteria, including one physician who started a Facebook page called "Burger King should NOT be allowed to operate at Sick Kids hospital."

What do you think: Should only healthy food be allowed in hospitals?

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More

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