Rethink Your Drink: Transforming Beverage Environments in Your Community
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012
Stacia Clinton, RD. LDN.
Healthy Food Program Coordinator
Health Care Without Harm
Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH
Founder and President
One-third of children and two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Sugar-loaded beverages are the leading dietary cause of overweight/ obesity in the United States. Adults who drink them daily are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese; daily consumption by children increases the likelihood that they will be obese by 60%. Also linked to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and hypertension, the drinks are cheap, produced and served in large portions, available just about everywhere and marketed relentlessly. Reducing sugar-loaded beverage consumption is one of the most straightforward ways to reverse obesity, since it can impact weight loss quickly.
On this webinar, the presenters provided an overview of the science linking sugar-loaded beverages with chronic disease and explore strategies for reducing consumption through policy and environmental changes in hospitals and other community settings. Participants explored the role that their community organization or coalition can play in reducing consumption through influencing organizational policies and environments.