Rethink Your Drink

June 27, 2012 by Kathy Nellor

Did you know that one fifth of teens drink three or more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) every day, the equivalent of an extra meal? SSBs are the largest source of sugar in the diets of American children and adolescents. Our kids are consuming more fluid calories than ever before and the majority of calories from these sugary drinks are being consumed at home.Water should still be the number one beverage for children and adults. Below are some tips to help you:

  • Know how to identify sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Keep sugar-sweetened beverages out of the house.
  • Choose plain, low-fat or fat-free milk for your child instead of sweetened flavored milks (e.g., strawberry milk or chocolate milk).
  • Make water appealing and accessible. Buy a filtered water pitcher to keep in the refrigerator. Also, reusable water bottles can make it easier to drink water on the go, and save money. Also try adding some mint leaves or slices of cucumber, lemon, or lime.
  • Understand the importance of water for proper hydration.
  • Water should be the primary beverage for children, including most kids engaged in routine physical activity.
  • Keep a reusable water bottle or glass at your work desk.

To learn more about how water can benefit you and to get yourself to drink more, take the Drink Plenty of Water Daily Challenge.


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