What is Rethink Your Drink?
Live Well Allegheny is launching a campaign to educate residents on the effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages and to encourage healthier beverage choices, called “Rethink Your Drink.” Water is the best drink option to build health habits in our children and teens. Sugar-sweetened beverages, like sodas and most juices, contribute to chronic health conditions and oral health issues. Sugary drinks are the leading sources of added sugars in the American diet.
Did You Know?
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be introduced to water at around 6 months old, and that children less than a year should not drink any juice because it does not provide any nutritional benefit to children.
- It is important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Proper hydration helps regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Some signs you’re not getting enough water include increased thirst, fatigue, dizziness, headache and constipation.
- Advertising leads many of us to believe that sports drinks are necessary, especially when being active. The truth: water and a nutritious meal are all you need to stay healthy and safe during exercise.
- Sugary drinks contribute to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, which are among the leading causes of preventable death in Allegheny County.
Ways to Participate in the Campaign
- Plan an activity with information from the Rethink Your Drink toolkit (found below). This can be at home with your friends or family, community event, school fair or summer camp.
- Share social media messages from the toolkit.
- Share resources about the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages with children and families.
- Make a change in your life by rethinking your drink.
Who can Participate?
- Allegheny County residents
- Afterschool programs
- Child care centers
- Community partners
Rethink Your Drink Campaign Resources
Thank you to our partners!
Allegheny County Department of Children’s Initiatives
Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Program (ACHD)
Family and Child Health Program (ACHD)
Pediatric Dental Program (ACHD)
Allegheny County WIC Program (ACHD)
Athletic Trauma Unit – Chris Edmonds
University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition Program
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Division of Community Health