On September 26, 2013, the Childhood Obesity Initiative held an
event to engage partners in the overarching strategy related to
sugary drinks. Partners committed to take action to reduce sugary
drink consumption in the following four commitment categories:
promote smarter lunchroom strategies in schools, make personal
resolutions to reduce consumption, promote healthy beverages
through worksite wellness programs, and create organizational
policies that promote healthy beverages. Below are some resources
to guide our partners and others to reduce sugary drink consumption
in these categories.
Department of Education (California Senate Bill 1413, Leno)
This page from the California Department of Education provides
an overview of legislation passed regarding establishing hydration
stations in schools, reasons why kids do not utilize hydration
stations, how to increase access, and funding opportunities to
create new hydration stations as well.
California Project LEAN: Water Woes
This article contains extensive information on how to increase
water access in schools.
Water Access in Schools
This CDC page provides an overview of recent legislation to
increase access to water in schools and key resources on how you
can participate as well.
Berkeley Campus Campaign
Through the university's "I Heart Tap" campaign, UC Berkeley
provides innovative ways to increasing hydration stations in
schools and colleges.
Water in Schools provides vast amount of resources and
information if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in
the above sources.
Smarter Lunchrooms is a grassroots movement to encourage healthy
choices by changing the lunchroom through evidence-based research.
Register for free to create your personal action plan and pick
specific Smarter Lunchroom actions you want to target. You can also
register to participate in a two-hour long "Creating Smarter
Lunchrooms online course" where you can learn to implement
Team California for Healthy Kids (TCHK)
This flyer by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction
provides guidelines on how to take action in a school setting. This
plan specifically aims to increase salad bar availability in
schools, but it can also apply to reducing SSB consumption.
Energize Your Day! Eat School Breakfast: Marketing Strategy
This USDA toolkit provides a step by step plan to promote
healthy school breakfasts. Use this plan to reduce sugar-sweetened
beverages in school meals.
Water in Schools
This website offers resources to increase water accessibility in
schools and decrease SSB consumption.
Central School District
Union Free School District
Explore successful practices by two school districts whose
programs were recognized for effective lunchroom marketing
strategies, unique nutritional practices, and increasing breakfast
consumption among their students.
Guide to Worksite Wellness Programs
On this page, you will find a step-by-step guide to implementing
a worksite wellness program. The extensive guide includes
information on everything from identifying the need for a program
to evalulating an existing policy's success.
Implementing a worksite wellness program can save your company
money by increasing productivity and reducing illnesses. Find out
more about program advantages and use their checklist to keep up
with your progress.
National Healthy Worksite Program Toolkit
This guide includes everything you need to know to implement
worksite wellness programs. Use their obesity calculator to see how
much your company can save by implementing a wellness program or
use their health scorecard to assess the health of your
CDC's LEAN Works!
Obesity Prevention Program
This quick guide from the CDC provides a step by step action
plan for creating an obesity prevention plan in your workplace.
Healthy Beverage Programs FAQ
This FAQ sheet provides indispensable information on healthy
beverages programs for employers who may receive questions or
resistance to healthy beverage programs. Find answers to tough
Healthy Beverage Policies
This flyer has sample healthy beverages policies and various
recommendations from Health Care without Harm, the CDC, and the
American Heart Association.
Building Blocks for Success
This guide provides everything a healthcare organization may
need to implement a healthy beverage program.
Rethink Your Drink: Implementing a Healthy Beverage Policy
Use the Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative's
guide to create and implement your own healthy beverage policy.
Sample Policy to Reduce Marketing of Unhealthy Foods &
Beverages to Children
This sample policy is directed towards reducing unhealthy
foods marketing targetting children. This example is particularly
useful for organizations and businesses that cater to children and
and Healthy Celebrations
You can make parties healthier by just making subtle
adjustments. Visit this website to stay up to date on how you can
make celebrations and parties healthier.
Healthy Food and Beverage Access
This brief article by Harvard Public Health School has
identified key SSB issues to directly tackle for families,
childcare centers, schools, worksites, and health care facilities.
The article also explains on how to combat these issues, such as
increasing access to water and decreasing portion sizes.
Find ways to reduce SSB consumption in your household, in your
social circle, and in your community. This website has goals for
the individual, schools, organizations, and government
Participate in this organization's challenge to reduce your SSB
Water is Fuel For Your Body
This pamphlet by 5210 Let's Go! contains key points as to why
water consumption is vital for your diet.
See our latest newsletter and the COI calendar for upcoming
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