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Public health partners across the Denver Metro region signed a partnership agreement on April 14, 2014 to study the overall impacts of consuming sugar sweetened beverages and plan a regional response. Jefferson County Public Health is proud to be part of the newly formed Denver Metro Partnership for Healthy Beverage Consumption and will be working with Denver Public Health, Denver Environmental Health, Tri-County Health Department, Boulder County Public Health, Broomfield County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to reduce consumption and marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages while also encouraging healthy beverage choices, such as water and breastmilk for infants.
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that nearly half of Americans get a substantial amount of their calories from sweetened drinks. The report also shows that children are getting way too much added sugar in their diets, with soft drinks acting as the single biggest source. For children, each extra can or glass of sugary drink consumed per day increases their chance of becoming obese by 60%. Sugar sweetened beverages include drinks such as sodas, energy drinks, sweetened fruit juices, flavored coffees and more.
As part of its efforts to help address Colorado’s obesity epidemic, our partners at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) developed and just released the following report: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB): National Trends and Policies. This report provides an overview of evolving trends, laws, policies and educational efforts across the nation to inform and spur conversation among public health professionals, policymakers, CDPHE partners and Coloradans concerned with healthy eating and active living.
For more information on the new partnership or other efforts in Jefferson County to encourage healthy eating and active living, contact Molly Hanson at Jefferson County Public Health, 303-275-7556 or email@example.com.
May 7, 2014
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