Poll: Are Sugary Drinks a Problem in Howard County?
The issue was on display during a demonstration Tuesday.
Do you think children in Howard County drink too many sugary beverages?
A new advocacy campaign is raising that very question.
“Howard County Unsweetened,” an initiative sponsored by the Horizon Foundation, aims to expand healthy drink choices in the area, said foundation CEO Nicolette Highsmith Vernick in a press release.
The campaign kicked off Tuesday when Burleigh Manor Middle School students in Ellicott City oversaw the dumping of 9.6 tons of “sugar” – actually white sand -- at the school.
The 9.6 tons represented the amount of sugar the students of the school would consume if each had one 12-ounce soda per day in a year, according to a release.
Representatives from the Maryland, Delaware, DC Beverage Association criticized Tuesday's event.
"Today’s event was a missed opportunity to truly educate consumers about the importance of a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle," wrote Ellen Valentino, executive vice president of the association, in a statement.
Valentino pointed to steps the industry has taken.
"We removed full-calorie soft drinks from schools in Howard County and across the country, and cut calories available from beverages in schools by 90 percent," she wrote. "Our member companies are placing clear calorie labels right on the front of every can, pack and bottle we produce. That way, consumers have the calorie information right at their fingertips before they make their purchase."
To find out more about the Howard County Unsweetened campaign, click here.
More information about the Maryland, Delaware, DC Beverage Association can be found here.
Think sugar-sweetened beverages are a problem for kids in Howard County? Tell us about it in comments or vote in our poll.