Rethink Your Drink

Why Rethink Your Drink?

Sugary Drinks Sugary drinks (see box at right) contain extra calories that provide little nutrition and can lead to unwanted weight gain. Being overweight and/or obese increases the risk of many chronic diseases, including:

Drinking a lot of sugary drinks can also lead to tooth decay – even diet drinks contain acid that can cause cavities. In addition, drinks with added sugar often replace healthy choices like low-fat milk which is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. This can lead to the development of osteoporosis, a decrease in bone density.

Rethink Your Drink!

Potter the Otter Teacher Toolkit

Potter the Otter is a fun book for teaching young children about drinking water. Here are some great tools to reinforce Potter the Otter’s message:

Water Filling Stations

Have you been searching for a place to purchase hydration stations for your school? By installing a water bottle filling station at your school, you can offer free, cold, filtered water to your students, staff, and visitors. Staying hydrated throughout the day helps boost energy levels, improves concentration and promotes better focus.

Information and links to companies that sell hydration stations are listed below.

For additional information and/or questions:

How much sugar is in your drink?

Click here and then click on “Sugar Shockers!” to find out! If the beverage you’re drinking isn’t featured you can learn how to figure out the sugar content by clicking on “Sugar Calculator” and then using info from the nutrition label.

sugar-calc-buttonAnother option – Use the interactive sugar calculator at right to figure out how much sugar you are drinking and how much money you’re spending on sugary drinks!


Is sugar hiding in your drink?

High-calorie sweeteners go by many different names and are not always obvious in the ingredients list. If one or more of the following appear in the ingredients list of your favorite beverage, you are drinking a sugary drink:


Sugar Shockers!

Statistics from the Center for Science in the Public Interest 2005; California Center for Public Health Advocacy Bulletin 2009; CDC 2010 Beverage Consumption; Berkeley Media Studies Group, 2009; American Journal of Public Health, 2011; and Professional Research Consultants, Inc. 2011.

What can you do?

Make smart drink choices…try the following tips:

How much sugar are you drinking?

Watch these videos to find out.

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Free Printable Posters
Prevent Wrinkles
Empower Yourself
Headache Reliever
4 Reasons to Drink More Water

Rethink Your Drink, Go H2O High School Poster Contest!

And the winner is… Amber Elliot of Central Valley High School.
Congratulations Amber! Thank you for your unique and creative design to promote drinking water instead of sugary beverages and encourage people to go outside and be active this summer!

Open the pdf file below if you’d like to see the poster Amber created.
Poster Contest Winner

Take the Pledge to Rethink Your Drink!

We want to thank everyone for participating in the summer Rethink your Drink pledge to drink more water.  Tracking your water intake is another useful way to help you stay on track with drinking healthier beverages.

Congratulations to Diana Bates, she won the drawing for three months of refreshing, bottled spring water, courtesy of Mt. Shasta Spring Water.  Diana says, “I don’t drink sodas or sweet drinks, but I know I don’t drink enough water when it’s colder out, so I made the decision to be conscious about my water intake.”

Why drink fewer sugary drinks? Empty calories from sugary drinks like
soda, energy drinks and sports drinks are a major contributor to the
obesity crisis. In Shasta County, 65% of adults and 29% of 7th and 9th
graders are classified as overweight or obese and at risk for type 2
diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Take a personal pledge to rethink your drink and incorporate healthier
habits into your day.  Tracking your water
intake is another useful way to help you stay on track with drinking
healthier beverages. Download the free free tracking sheet below to track your beverage intake.

Tracking Sheet – Use this tracking sheet to help you stay on track.