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Achieving a Healthy Weight...Say Yes to Water – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story

In California, 62% of youths aged 12-17 years and 41% of children aged 2-11 years drink at least one soda or other sweetened beverage every day. Growing research links sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and 100% fruit juice consumption to obesity, and several studies suggest that drinking water instead of SSBs helps to prevent obesity.

In 2005, the California Department of Public Health supported the passage of the School Junk Food and High School Soda Ban laws, which prohibit the sale of soda and high-fat, high-sugar foods in schools. However, restricting students’ access to all SSBs and increasing their access to fresh drinking water remain a challenge.

Learn how the California Department of Public Health and California Project LEAN worked to limit access to sugar-sweetened beverages and increase water intake in school settings.

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Organization Name: California Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control
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California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)

1616 Capitol Avenue Bldg 174
Suite 74.537
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States
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Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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