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.
California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)
The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant supports prevention efforts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 US territories, and 2 American Indian tribes. It is managed by the Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant.
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