Healthy Beverage Toolkit: Reducing Children's Soft Drink Consumption

Healthy Beverage Toolkit: Reducing Children's Soft Drink Consumption

Not only has soft drink consumption among children doubled in the last decade, but sodas are the leading source of added sugar in their diet. The average teenager consumes fifteen to twenty teaspoons of added sugar a day from soft drinks alone. The Healthy Beverage Toolkit (28 pages, PDF), created by the Food Trust, focuses on this critical aspect of the childhood obesity epidemic, with tools geared to the ideal of replacing the soda and other sweetened beverages sold and served to children at school with water, 100 percent fruit juice, and milk. The suggestions can be modified to create less stringent beverage policies, depending on the school. The kit's supplemental appendices provide useful Web links and additional resources.