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Rethink Your Drink

Health Advocates Urge Families to Choose Healthy Drinks

With the warmer weather right around the corner, it’s easy to imagine turning to a cold can of soda to beat the heat. But local health advocates are encouraging residents to kick the soda can and replace sweetened drinks with healthy alternatives.

Frequent consumption of sugar sweetened beverages may cause greater weight gain and increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Encourage your children to make the simple change of replacing sweetened drinks with a healthy alternative each day for better health. Water is a great choice!

An individual serving soda used to be 8 ounces but now it is more commonly 24 ounces, adding a whopping 600 extra calories to our daily diets. A 20 ounce can of cola has 17 teaspoons of sugar! Pile 17 teaspoons of sugar on a plate to show your child just how much sugar a single can of soda can have.

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