Did you know that what you drink can make a big difference to your health more than you think? Drinks like soda, sports drinks and energy drinks are loaded with sugar and empty calories. "Drinking" too many sugary drinks leads to an increased risk of being overweight and obese, especially for Santa Clara County's children. Nearly one in four children in Santa Clara County's public schools was either obese or overweight in 2008.
Since 2008, the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention has partnered with various organizations throughout the Bay Area to launch educational initiatives such as the ReThink Your Drink campaign to raise awareness of the significant impact that sugar loaded beverages can have on health. Learn more about our public awareness campaigns at Current Media Campaign in the program resources section.
Get the Facts on Sugary Drinks
- Drinks with added sugar contain extra calories and few nutrients.
- Soda is the #1 source of added sugar in the American diet.
- One 20-oz bottle of soda contains about 17 teaspoons of sugar.
- Two small juice boxes contain more sugar than 1 can of soda.
- Most 20-oz sports drinks contain about 9 teaspoons of sugar.
- Eighty percent of youth and 63% of adults drink one or more sugar sweetened beverage on an average day.
- The average 4-5 year old consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which is approximately 65 pounds of added sugar a year.
- The consumption of sugary drinks contributes to an increased risk of being overweight and obese.
- More than half of adults and a quarter of middle and high school students in Santa Clara County are either overweight or obese.
- Obese children face a greater risk of developing health problems later in life including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
- There are many other names for sugar commonly found in beverages including: barley malt, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, fruit juice concentrate, honey, molasses and more.
What Can You Do
- Set a good example - Take the ReThink Your Drink Pledge by choosing more water, low-fat milk, non-fat milk or unsweetened ice tea over soda and sugar drinks.
- Talk your kids about how sugary drinks are not good for their health. Arm yourself with knowledge with "Show Me the Sugar!"
- Read nutrition labels to make better choices. Check for sugar, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors in drinks.
- Serve only 100% juice and limit servings to 4 to 6 ounces per children ages 1 to 6 per day and 8 to 12 ounces for older children per day.
- 4 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon and most children should not have more than 15 grams of sugar per day. Want to know how much sugar is in a drink? Calculate your sugar!
- Ask your childcare provider to serve healthier drink options such as water or low-fat/non-fact milk.
- Ask your schools to offer healthier drink options, and sport programs to offer water.
- Ask your employer to provide healthier drink options such as water and non-sweetened ice tea in their cafeteria, at meeting and in vending machines.
- Get involved in local groups like the Bay Area Nutrition & Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) and support initiatives and policies aimed at reducing consumption of sugary drinks.
- Follow us on Facebook for tips, tricks and news.
ReThink Your Drink Resources
Click on the links below to download resources to find out more about how you, your family and community can kick off the summer with a healthy start by replacing sugary beverages with healthy drinks options.
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