Hawai’i Elementary Schools Choose Water



"Sugary beverages are the number one source of sugar in our diets", stated May Okihiro, a local Pediatrician speaking in a film about the need for the new water bottle filling stations in the state of Hawai'i. The partnership between the University of Hawai'i Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Hawai'i has provided a water bottle filling station to 25 schools in the state and reusable water bottles for the students. The partnership hopes to incorporate educational awareness about healthier beverage consumption as a part of the school's wellness policies. All students received a colorful new water bottle, encouraging them to use it daily at the water bottle refilling station. The Be Well @ School project is an initiative for the Hawaiian schools to offer ...

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Rethink Your Drink Campaign Gains Steam In Minnesota



The Minneapolis Health Department is working on educating schools and consumers to 'ReThink Your Drink' when it comes to sugar-sweetened beverages. Dentists associations are also taking a stand to bring more knowledge on the issue and supporting the campaign. The 'ReThink Your Drink' campaign, popular in other cities in Calif., and now across many state's public health departments has become a slogan for healthier beverage consumption education. Educational resources are provided online by many sites, and can also be found at the California Health Department sites, which include guide materials to use at and festivals, along with helpful recipes on how to make healthier beverage alternatives. The campaign is educational and the public health department hopes to help University ...

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How Do You Eat Healthy When Eating Out?



Did you know Applebees and IHOP restaurants have taken soda off kids menus and New York City Restaurants now show consumers which items are high in sodium? Choosing the healthier option when eating out can sometimes be confusing as most restaurant foods have high levels of either fat, sugar or sodium. MomsRising.org and Center for Science in the Public Interest are holding a #FoodFri Tweet Chat, Friday, December 18th, 10-11am PT/1-2pm ET to discuss how to eat healthfully while eating out. Participants will offer helpful suggestions for eating out, discuss efforts to improve restaurant kids' menus, and highlight ways to support access to healthier options in the community. To join this discussion, follow #FoodFri on ...

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Researchers Say Sugar Free Drinks Are Bad News For Teeth



New Research from the University of Melbourne, declares that sugar-free drinks with acidic components may be just as damaging to teeth as sugary beverages. Sugary beverages have been known to cause decay, but new research states that dental erosion can happen with sugar-free products as well. The research was tested with 23 different types of sugar-free drinks including sports drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, and sugar-free Coca-Cola. Drinks that include ingredients like acidic additives like citric acid, and phosphoric acid, are huge components of dental erosion. The study's co-author, Eric Reynolds recommends that after drinking these products, rinse your mouth with water and wait one hour to brush to prevent removal of the  softened tooth layer. To learn more about this ...

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District One Hospital Follows Healthy Trends



Aiming to follow the lead in healthcare with recent changes to Allina Health hospitals, District One Hospital in Faribault, Minn. is removing all sugary sweet beverages from their facilities. Working with a collaboration of 250 organizations within the Healthcare Without Harm coalition, District One Hospital plans to continue moving towards a healthier food environment for all employees, patients and visitors. In part of the movement towards healthier foods and beverages, removal of sugary beverages and healthier foods will also be reflected in the hospital's vending machines, gift shop, and the pharmacy. Healthy food and beverage signage will also be added to the cafeteria to bring awareness towards healthier foods. A new ice and water machine will be placed in the cafeteria for ...

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Update: Soda Taxes Spread Across the World



Which places around the world are working towards fizzing out high soda consumption? Mexico, St. Helena, Chile, Barbados, France, Dominica, Norway, Hungary, and more. The world has taken notice of the health risks associated with sugary drinks for years, as various research studies have proven a link between sugary beverage consumption and health risks like diabetes, tooth decay and obesity. More and more countries are recognizing the health risks associated with sugary beverages and are implementing soda taxes or other initiatives and policies to ensure a healthy future for their people. Today's 16 million Latino children and youth—92 percent of whom are U.S. citizens—thus represent a crucial segment of the United States' future, according to an article from the Population ...

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Applebee’s & IHOP Remove Soda From Kids’ Menus



Studies have shown that Latino kids consume more sugary sweet beverages than their non-white peers and over-consumption of sugary beverages has also been linked to health risks like diabetes and obesity. When obesity rates are rising and more than one in three Latino kids are predicted to have diabetes in the near future, healthier options are a must for kids menu's. Helping to assist parents and kids on making the easy choice the healthy choice when dining out, DineEquity, owner of Applebee's and IHOP restaurants have decided to completely remove the option of soda on their kids' menus. This is the first family-dining restaurant to promote and incorporate this change throughout their national chain of restaurants. Organizations like Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), ...

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Congresswoman Proposes Bill for Federal Soda Tax



A recent article reveals that sugary beverages are a hot topic in the news, especially when health issues like diabetes and health costs are at hand. Cancer survivor and Connecticut democrat, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has proposed that the nation take a stand against the current health issues linked to sugary drinks-diabetes, obesity, chronic disease- by introducing a bill that would tax consumers one cent per teaspoon of sugar. The American Beverage Association stated in the article that, "The soda tax is an old idea that has gotten no traction." However, recent news articles from the Wall Street Journal reported soda sales have plummeted in the last few years, and consumers are taking notice of healthier alternatives. There has been plenty of conversation and traction taking ...

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LA’s Water Campaign Aims to Help Prevent High Rates of Childhood Obesity



Sugary drinks, which can represent up to 40% of a child's total caloric intake, are a leading cause of obesity among children, reported an article from Los Angeles, where new water campaigns are popping up throughout the city. Leading the country with the highest obesity rate for children between the ages two and four, California (38.6% Latino) is trying to help parents and kids put the sugary drinks and sodas down the drain with their new water campaign. The campaign, "Water: The Healthiest Choice", is geared at helping bring information to parents, caregivers, and kids to choose water over sugary drinks. Dr. Simon, the director of Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advises parents in a recent article, "We ...

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