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Healthy Beverages in Every School

Why is this so important?

 

Too many kids and families in the Commonwealth are suffering from preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes,[2] heart disease, stroke, cancer and tooth decay.[3] Sugary drinks are the single leading source of added sugars in the American diet.[1]

The American Heart Association recommends that children over the age of 2 have no more than one 8-ounce sugary drink a week.[3] Yet children today are consuming as much as ten times that amount,[4] while children in low-income families consume two-and-a-half times more than their peers in higher-income families.[5]

Childhood obesity affects nearly 1 in 5 school age children and has tripled since the 1970s. Our goal is to engage Massachusetts communities in a conversation around reducing sugar consumption by choosing healthy beverages, a behavioral shift which can greatly impact health.

Getting students involved in the process today, will help build lasting, healthy habits that will impact the rest of their lives. We hope you will join us!



[1] https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf
[2] http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/sugar-and-desserts.html
[3] http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2016/08/22/CIR.0000000000000439
[4] http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/circulationaha/early/2017/01/25/CIR.0000000000000485.full.pdf
[5] http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/86541/2001024-the-pros-and-cons-of-taxing-sweetened-beverages-based-on-sugar-content.pdf


 

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