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Let's Give Kids A Fighting Chance At Health

Kids are sweet enough. Sugary drinks are the single leading source of added sugars in the American diet. Too many kids and families in New England are suffering from preventable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

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The American Heart Association recommends that children over the age of 2 have no more than one 8-ounce sugary drink a week. Kids today consume enough sugary drinks each year to fill a bathtub! 

Every child deserves to grow up at a healthy weight. One way we can help children is to promote healthy beverage options like water and milk.  Restaurants can make water and milk the automatic options instead of sugary drinks. 

Another way to help with this epidemic is an advocate for water filling stations to be installed in schools. This would ensure that students have access to the one beverage essential to maintaining a healthy habit.

A final option is to encourage local communities and state legislators to do a sugary drink tax. A sugary beverage drink tax would help fund the building of recreational activity centers like playgrounds, walking paths, and bike trails. It would also help fund health education for youth and adults about healthy habits.

Working together on these issues we can make it easier for all families to be a relentless force for health!

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