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Sugary Drinks: Why the Fuss and What You Can Do

Originally presented on January 17, 2013

Ian Brissette
New York State Department of Health

Melanie Shefchik, MA, CHES
Rockland County Department of Health

Sugary drinks, such as regular soda, sports drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks and sweetened water, are the largest source of added sugar in the diets of Americans.  During 2005-06, adults in the United States consumed, on average, about 46 gallons per year of sugary drinks.   Increased consumption of sugary drinks is associated with obesity and being overweight as well as increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  This broadcast will discuss the health impact of excess sugary drink consumption, trends in consumption among children and adults in NYS and public opinion about sugary drink policies, and national and state strategies to reduce consumption. 

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the health impacts of sugary drink consumption
  • List data sources for sugary drink consumption patterns
  • List data sources for public opinions on policies 
  • Explain at least three strategies for reducing sugary beverage consumption

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Continuing education credits will be available until February 2016.

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