Tell Sea-Tac Water Deserves Better

Aug 26, 2014 by

Tell Sea-Tac Water Deserves Better

Yesterday, August 25th, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition sent a letter to the Port of Seattle Commissioners in regards to the ads pictured below. The ads depict sugar-loaded, whipped topped coffee drinks and alcoholic beverages, while telling travelers “you deserve better than water”. What’s more – these anti-water banners are placed strategically above new water bottle filling stations, recently installed in the airport to allow patrons more access to an easy, clean, healthy and green beverage.

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These ads come at a time when sugary drinks are a leading cause of obesity in our country. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by 2050 if we continue on our current trajectory. The bulk of food and beverage advertising in this country is devoted to unhealthy choices, and studies show that those ads work – particularly with the growing minds of children.

Our letter to the Port Commissioners and Sea-Tac leadership can be found here.

We are urging you to voice your opinion by:

1) Writing a letter to the Port Commissioners (feel free to use COPC’s letter for talking points).

2) Spread the word about these ads to your own networks. Use the hashtag #WaterDeservesBetter

3) Assess the unhealthy advertising and availability of healthy options like free, public tap water in the places where you and your family work, learn and play. Talk to leaders in these organizations and voice your concerns about the need for change.

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