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June 25, 2010 > Soda-free summer and sugar-savvy training

Soda-free summer and sugar-savvy training

Submitted By Joanne Seavey-Hultquist

Join FIRST 5 Santa Clara County for free training to understand the impact of added sugar in children's diets and how simple choices make big differences in each child's health. Leave with free Soda-Free Summer pledge cards and copies of the book, "Drink Water, Said the Otter" that you can give out to children under age 6 in your community.

One in three California children is obese. These children are likely to have shorter life spans than their parents and are also more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. In adults, obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer and premature death.

There are many causes of childhood obesity but the single biggest source of added sugar in the American diet is sugar-laden drinks and sodas.

Studies have show that consumption of sodas and other sweetened beverages is associated with excess weight and obesity among adults and children. The number of overweight or obese 12 to 19-year olds in California has nearly tripled and more than quadrupled among 6-11 year olds in the past 30 years.

Take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle for children and families by attending the training and join the Soda Free Summer campaign.

Soda Free Summer is a Bay Area-wide campaign supported by the members of the Bay Area Nutrition & Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC). For more information, other training and how to create a training event, visit www.banpac.org or contact susan.karlins@phd.sccgov.org.

For more information or to register for FIRST 5 Santa Clara County's free training event, contact Joanne Seavey-Hultquist on (408) 260-3720 or email joanne@first5kids.org.

Soda-free Summer and Sugar-Savvy Training
Tuesday, June 29
10 - 11:30 a.m.
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County
Community Room, Suite 200
4000 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose
(408) 260-3720

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