Water First for Thirst: Policy, System, and Environment Changes to Promote Water Consumption

ESP Public Issues Webinar Series: Water in the 21st Century

Water First for Thirst: Policy, System, and Environment Changes to Promote Water Consumption

Carol Smathers, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor and Field Specialist in Youth Wellness and Nutrition, Ohio State University Extension

Replacing sugary beverages with healthier options—especially water—is a key public health priority. Over 100 studies have linked sweetened beverages and overweight/obesity. On average, each American consumes almost 50 gallons of sugary drinks a year, equivalent to about 38 pounds of sugar. Every serving of sugary drinks a child consumes increases his or her chances of becoming overweight or obese by about 60%. For adults, consuming 1 or more sugary drinks each day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 25%.  Learn about policy, system, and environment change strategies Extension can help implement to promote water consumption across communities.

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