Sugar-Sweetened Beverages


Resources for Reducing the Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

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.

Establish New Hydration Stations in Schools

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California 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.

CDC: 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.

UC 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

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.

Promote Smarter Lunchrooms

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Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

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 affordable changes.

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.

Gates-Chili Central School District

East Rochester 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.

Promote Healthy Beverages through Worksite Wellness Programs

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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.

Worksite Wellness Toolkit

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 company.

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 questions here.

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.

Create Organizational Policies that Promote Healthy Beverages

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Rethink Your Drink: Implementing a Healthy Beverage Policy Toolkit

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 adolescents.

Happy 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.

Make Personal Resolutions to Reduce SSB Consumption

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Kick the Can

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 entities.

Life's Sweeter Challenge

Participate in this organization's challenge to reduce your SSB consumption.

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.

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  • One in four children in San Diego County is overweight or obese; this is slightly higher than the national average (California Center for Public Health Advocacy, 2009)
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