{Mountain State|Colorado|| Town calls for moratorium on Soda for September

Louisville has proclaimed September to as “Sugary Drink-Free” and residents are being asked to cut down on sugary drinks throughout the duration of.

The participants will be emailed weekly advice and reminders. Participants and are eligible to win a free SodaStream or Hydro Flask and are invited to a celebration at the Waterloo in the middle of each month.

The Healthy Louisville Kids coalition is a group of individuals as well as businesses and other organizations that are committed to helping improve the health of children living in Louisville. Members include Boulder County Public Health, Clinica, Dental Aid, Community Food Share, Moxie Bread Company, The Chef Ann Foundation along with various other local groups.

The Coalition has a goal of reducing consumption of sugary drinks like the energy drinks, soda and sports drinks as they constitute the top the leading source of sugar added within the American diet, and contribute significantly to chronic diseases for children and adults alike.

“Obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease are not just affecting Colorado adults but our young people too, and high fructose and added sugar in our food and drinks are a major culprit,” the coalition’s members Dr. Seth Kramer, a Louisville medical doctor. “Prevention is key in decreasing the rates of chronic disease.”

The children who drink at the most one sweet drink every day are about 30% more likely to have a heart attack, 26% more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and 55% more likely become obese or overweight.

“Sugary drinks are a major factor that contribute to unhealthy weight and chronic disease,” said Lexi Nolen, Boulder County Public Health Interim Executive Director. “Efforts like this one that encourage people to replace sugary drinks with tasty, healthier options are important to our community’s health and are especially important for children.”

More than a quarter (26.6%) of Boulder County children ages 5-14 years old are overweight or obese, a 43% increase from 2003. Additionally, Latino/Hispanic youth are particularly affected, by 28% of Latino/Hispanic high school students being overweight or obese, as compared to 9.7% of white high school students. The reason for this is because of targeted marketing from the beverages industry.

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