Made possible by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant through Hennepin County, this initiative promotes water consumption and hydration and discourages drinking sugary beverages for students in Hopkins junior and senior high schools and at home.
Sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and even sweetened teas and fruit juices are key contributors to excess weight.
Did you know....
- Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
- More than 20 percent for metro area junior and senior high school students were overweight or obese.
- More than 62 percent of students in grades 7-12 had a least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day and more than 29 percent had at least two.
- How much sugar are your kids drinking?
Recent focus groups with Hopkins students suggest water would be consumed more often if sugary beverages weren't as readily available at school or at home.
- 46 percent - Percentage of added sugar in our diets that comes from soda, energy drinks, sports drinks and sugar-sweetened fruit drinks.
- 22 packs - Approximate amount of sugar in the average 20 oz. bottle of soda, which also contains 240 calories.
- 27 percent - Increase in likelihood of overweight or obesity for those who drink one or more sodas or other sugar-loaded drinks each day.
- 45 gallons - Amount of soda the average American drinks annually. That's 35 pounds of sugar.
- 60 percent - Increase in a child's risk for obesity with every additional daily serving of soda.