Water First For Thirst Campaign
Promote Water First For Thirst!
Water First for Thirst is more than just a message, it is a movement to make water the easy, appealing, first choice for children and families.
WHY WATER FIRST FOR THIRST?
- Americans consume almost 50 gallons of sugary drinks a year – that equals 38 pounds of sugar!
- More than 38% of toddlers (age 21-24 months) consumed sugary sweetened beverages at least one time a day in the U.S.
- Every serving of sugary drinks a child consumes increases his or her chances of becoming overweight or obese by about 60%.
- For adults, consuming 1 or more sugary drinks each day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 25%.
- In 2009-2010, about 40% of Ohio’s 3rd graders were consuming 2 or more sugary drinks a day.
- Soft drinks are the food most strongly linked to increased rates of obesity and risk for diabetes.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Change What You Serve
- Serve water at events and meetings. Make it visible and easy to reach.
- Make water freely available to your employees and customers and promote it!
- Require at least half of beverage vending slots to be filled with water and make water cheaper than other beverages. Download sample vending contract language.
- Place water in the most visible location including the most visible vending slots.
- Limit the portion sizes of sugary drinks that can be sold in your facility.
Change the Message You Send
Commit to Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
- Establish written policies to ensure that your Water First for Thirst efforts will be long lasting.
- More examples of policy, system, and environmental changes to promote water first for thirst.
- Take the Water First for Thirst pledge (English, Somali, Spanish).
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