About the Campaign

Rethink Your Drink

What is Rethink Your Drink?hand holding soda can pouring a crazy amount of sugar in metapho

The Rethink Your Drink Campaign is an educational campaign from the Will County MAPP Collaborative Chronic Care Action team, in partnership with the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, to engage Will County residents and agencies to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by:

  • Educating the public on the health hazards of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Identifying, developing, and activating community advocates to promote the campaign.
  • Developing policies, environmental and systemic changes to reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages.

According to the CDC, in the United States, 1/3 of children and 2/3 of adults are overweight or obese. It is estimated that by 2030, 42% of all adults will be obese, costing an additional $550 billion in health care expenditures. Not only will health care costs add up, sugar-sweetened beverages aid in increasing the obesity rates which is linked to many life-threatening diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugars in the American diet? So we are encouraging all Will County residents to Rethink Your Drink by pledging to consume healthy beverages such as water, 100% fruit juice, and lowfat milk. Can you take the challenge?

 

Take the Challenge!

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) is a statewide coalition comprised of a broad range of stakeholders working for a state-level response to the obesity epidemic. IAPO works to shape and advance solutions to reverse dangerous obesity trends with the goal of reducing obesity rates in Illinois by 2018. IAPO supporters believe that Illinois must respond to the obesity epidemic by developing coordinated systems, policy improvements and investment on the scale of the problem.

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity is convened by the Illinois Public Health Institute.

American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association

The American Heart Association recommends limiting sugar consumption to no more than 6 teaspoons per day for adult women and no more than 9 teaspoons per day for adult men.

Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question

Will County MAPP CollaborativeWill County MAPP Collaborative

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-wide strategic planning approach to assessing community needs and improving community health.  It provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and addressing the strategic health issues of the county.  Using MAPP, communities seek to achieve optimal health by identifying and using their resources wisely, taking into account their unique circumstances and needs, and forming effective partnerships for strategic action.

RETHINK YOUR DRINK!

Can you commit to healthy drinks for 30 days?

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