Sugar sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Consumption of these drinks has increased 500% in the last fifty years!
It’s no wonder we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic that’s responsible for 21% of all health care costs.
Join our fight to reduce consumption of sugary drinks. Summer is a great time to start. Begin at home, then make a pledge to help spread the word. Choose one of the options below or come up with your own idea. But take action!
- Ask a local business to offer more healthy drink options.
- Ask my kids’ summer camp to encourage parents to only pack water and discourage fruit drinks and sports drinks.
- Ask community leaders to improve water quality in parks and schools.
- Ask my dentist to talk to all his/her patients about the effects of sugary drinks.
- Serve or bring no-sugar drinks to my next community event.
- Tell other parents and caregivers about how much sugar is in sports drinks, juice drinks and sodas and why I choose healthy drinks.
The American Heart Association is working together with the Alliance for a Healthier Vermont to tackle obesity and sugary drinks in Vermont. Learn more by visiting: http://allianceforahealthiervt.org/.