Did you know that we drink twice as much soda and other sugary drinks as we did 30 years ago? The average American now drinks 45 gallons of sugary drinks each year -- that's 42 pounds of sugar! And all of that sugar can put people at risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
That's why Alameda County Public Health Department, Nutrition Services kicked off the 6th annual Soda Free Summer campaign in June. The movement continues to grow in six Bay Area sugar savvy counties and has inspired thousands of residents and dozens of organizations to make a lasting commitment to good health by reducing and eliminating sweetened beverages and high sugar foods. And now it's your turn.
Join us at www.sodafreesummer.org to take the pledge and "rethink your drink." You can also download educational materials, posters, educational games, and handouts for all ages to help spread the sugar savvy message.
Lastly, "like" us on facebook and follow us on twitter to stay up-to-date on the campaign and chances to win soda free prizes every Friday all summer long.
Make a commitment to a healthier you, today!
For more information about Alameda County Public Health Nutrition Services' programs, visit www.healthyliving.org.
Reference: Babey SH, Jones M, Yu H, Goldstein H. Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in California. UCLA Center for Health and Policy Research and California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Sep 2009.