Wednesday, May 16 is Rethink Your Drink Day, a Statewide Day of Action that will underscore the importance of drinking healthy beverages, like water β and bring together Californians across the state in a pledge to make healthier beverage choices.
Attendees at events hosted by local partners will learn how to replace sugary beverages with unsweetened options or water through interactive hydration-education activities. In Sacramento, an event will take place at the Florin Arts and Business Complex, 2251 Florin Road, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More than 200 adults and children will take part in Rethink Your Drink Day activities, including a make-your-own fruit and herb-infused water station, interactive games around healthy drinking habits, Interactive Beverage Breakdown activity supported on iPads, photo booth for attendees to take pictures for social media and pledging opportunities, and take home resources to start healthy behaviors.
The event is hosted by the Sacramento County, Division of Public Health, Obesity Prevention Program in partnership with the Champions for Change Program. Beverages account for almost half (47 percent) of all added sugars consumed by the U.S. population and in 2011-2014, 6 in 10 U. S. youth (63 percent) drank a sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day. By providing information on how to change beverage consumption β not just why itβs important β Champions for Change continues to address and fight the obesity epidemic by giving the almost 40 million California residents tools they need to make good health a priority. Visit RethinkYourDrinkDay.com for more information.
By Genoa Barrows
OBSERVER Staff Writer