Making Healthy Choices Just Got Easier

Sep 17, 2014 by

Making Healthy Choices Just Got Easier

September 17, 2014

By Cassie Sanford

To effectuate change, we must be the change. September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and there’s no better way to promote awareness than to make a commitment to healthier choices at a personal and institutional level.

Overconsumption of sugary drinks is one of the leading causes of obesity today. A recent study showed that one in five of King County youth are obese or overweight, and those youth self-reported having drank two or more sodas on the day they were surveyed. Each additional 8 oz. of soda increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%. And it’s not just soda – other sugary beverages like energy drinks and vitamin waters are becoming ever more popular.

A wealth of scientific evidence shows that increased intake of healthy foods at work results in improved focus, concentration, energy, morale, and overall health. We all know that greater efficiency and morale, not to mention fewer employee sick days, is good for any business or venture. Moreover, organizations that have increased the accessibility and affordability of non-sugar-sweetened beverages have proven it is possible to maintain or even increase beverage revenues.

Making healthy choices yourself, and extending them into your workplace or organization through systematic changes can have a profound ripple effect. Together we can curb childhood obesity, by simply being the healthy change one individual and one organization at a time. There’s no better time to start than now.

Based off of its two years of work in King County, WA helping various organizations provide healthier options, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition has created a toolkit to help you get started making healthy changes and communicate the positive changes you’ve already made!

The toolkit is available HERE, and was made possible by a Communities Transformation Grant from Seattle Children’s and Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Questions? Contact us at info@copcwa.org

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