Sugary Drink Consumption in Schools

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Sugary Drink Consumption in Schools

Our school will be making the following changes to make your child's health a priority:* Vending machines will be replaced with filtered water fountains that can fill water bottles.* BPA-free reusable water bottles will be sold at our school for $5. * All proceeds from water bottle sales will subsidize our cafeteria program so it can provide healthy food options at a reduced cost.

According to the Surgeon General, health risks associated with obesity include:* Type 2 diabetes * High blood cholesterol* Heart disease * Gallbladder disease* Stroke * Sleep apnea* Asthma * Menstrual irregularities* Breathing problems* Cancer: endometrial, colon, kidney, breast, gallbladder

Source: HarvardSchool of Public Health* The top source of calories for the average teen comes from sugary drinks.* Between 1989-2008, calorie consumption from sugary drinks increased by 60% in children ages 6-11.* During that same time, the number of children consuming sugary drinks went from 79% to 91%.* The rise in sugary drink consumption has been a major contributor to the rise in obesity.

Would you let your child eat 6 ice cream sandwiches with their meal?

1 (20 oz) bottle of Sunkist is the sugar equivalent to 6 Breyers Oreo ice cream sandwiches. That's 84 grams of sugar.

You have if you've let them drink soda...

Scary Facts:

Research shows that children who drink at least 1 sugary drink a day are 55% more likely to become overweight or obese. (Morenga, Malard, ' Mann, 2013)

A UBC study showed that students consumed more unhealthy food and drinks when those items were more available to them.(Masse et al., 2014)

What can we do?

References:Harvard University School of Public Health. Sugary Drinks fact sheet. Retrieved from: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/sugary-drinks/Mâsse, L.C., de Niet-Fitzgerald, J.E., Watts, A.W., Naylor, P.J., ' Saewyc, E. (2014). Associations between the school food environment, student’s consumption and body mass index of Canadian adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11(1). Morenga, L.T., Mallard, S., ' Mann, J. (2013). Dietary sugars and body weight: Systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials and cohort studies. BMI, 346. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7492Office of the Surgeon General (2001). The Surgeon General's call to action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44206/


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