Rethink your drink for a free water bottle
You could win a free fruit-infusing water bottle by signing on to the Health Department’s summer campaign about the dangers of sugary drinks and the importance of choosing healthy beverages, “Rethink Your Drink, Every Sip Counts.” Sugary drinks contribute greatly to rising obesity rates. Today, Americans consume about 300 more calories a day than they did 30 years ago, and almost half of those extra calories come from sugary drinks. Sugary drinks are also the largest source of added sugars in children’s and adolescents’ diets.
If you are among the first 50 City employees to register on the campaign website using your City email address, you will receive a fruit-infusing water bottle that allows you to easily flavor water with fresh fruit.
You can also earn up to 20 free fruit-infusing water bottles for employees in your department by submitting your plan for a healthy activity to complete with coworkers. The idea must promote a healthy lifestyle. Email your idea to Amy Friedman by Friday, July 24, and include in your email:
- Your department.
- The healthy activity you planned and how you will use the water bottles with the activity.
- How many water bottles you are requesting.
Some sample ideas for healthy activities:
- Hold an infused-water potluck, where employees bring their favorite infused water to share.
- Go on a Nice Ride bike ride together during lunch.
- Pledge to choose healthy beverages during the workday.
After your event, be sure to send pictures from your healthy activity to Mehgan Lee for possible inclusion in the Minneapolis Matters newsletter.
Register for the campaign
For more information about the campaign, visit rethinkyourdrink.minneapolismn.gov.
About the campaign
The ReThink Your Drink, Every Sip Counts campaign:
- Educates the public about the health impacts of sugary drinks.
- Creates healthier beverage environments by improving the availability of healthier options.
- Encourages people and places to rethink their drink choices and choose healthier beverages over sugary drinks.
By the numbers
Did you know your body needs zero sugar? The American Heart Association recommends limiting sugar per day to:
- Children: 12–16 grams (three-four teaspoons).
- Pre-teens and teenagers: 20-32 grams (five-eight teaspoons).
- Adult women: 24 grams (six teaspoons).
- Adult men: 36 grams (nine teaspoons).
Just one drink can put you over the daily limit for added sugar:
- The average energy drink has about 27 grams of sugar.
- The average “vitamin water” has about 33 grams of sugar.
- A 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade has 34 grams of sugar.
- A 10-ounce bottle of children’s Zoo Juice has 40 grams of sugar.
- A 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola has 65 grams of sugar.
- A 20-ounce bottle of Tahitian Treat Fruit Punch has 80 grams of sugar.
Frequent consumption of sugary drinks is associated with:
- Weight gain.
- Chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Fragile bones and other bone diseases such as osteoporosis.
- Tooth decay.
Published Jul 14, 2015