Sugary drinks like soda, fruit drinks and sports drinks are now the largest source of added sugar and calories in children’s diets, and research shows their consumption is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cavities, and other chronic health conditions. Through a combination of policy change, community outreach, and use of multiple communication channels, Howard County Unsweetened makes it easier for parents to find better beverage choices that support their children’s health. It’s making a difference. Peer-reviewed research published in a major medical journal shows soda sales in the county dropped 20 percent in the first three years.
The Horizon Foundation is joined by hundreds of others in this effort, including local parents, schools, pediatricians, churches and community groups.