A sugary drink has 27 grams of sugar in a drink that has 2 servings.
1. 27 grams of sugar ÷ 3 = 9 packets of sugar in 1 serving
2. 9 packets x 2 servings = 18 packets of sugar in 1 drink
Hold your mouse over each drink to see the amount of sugar and calories it contains, and how many minutes of walking it takes to burn off the drink:
Click on the icons to learn more about how drinking sugary drinks may affect you.
Choose Healthy Drinks
Drink unsweetened tap, bottled, or sparkling water, unsweetened low-fat milk or tea, or 100% fruit juice in limited amounts*.
*Depending on age, children can drink ½ to 1 cup, and adults up to 1 cup of 100% fruit juice.
Flavor plain or sparkling water by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, orange, watermelon or even a splash of juice.
Carry a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.
Cut Back on Sugary Drinks
Avoid the sugary drink aisle at the supermarket.
Make a rule not to have sugary drinks in your house.
Don't introduce sugary drinks to your kids. If they don't have them, they won't want them.
Cut back to only having a sugary drink as a rare treat or not at all.
If you are going to drink a sugary drink, choose a smaller size.
Read the list of ingredients on the nutrition label to see how much sugar is in your drink. Sugars and sweeteners can have many names that are not always obvious.
Here are some other names for sugar:
- High fructose corn syrup
- Corn syrup
- Cane sugar
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Evaporated cane juice
- Maple syrup
- Barley malt
Ingredients are listed in order of the amount that the drink contains. The first few ingredients listed are the ones that appear in the largest amounts. If "sugar" (or a sugar from the list above) is one of the first three ingredients, think about choosing a healthier option.
(3 Grams = 1 Packet of Sugar)
Educational Resources and Materials
Look here for educational materials, activity sheets, and healthy beverage recipes. The Rethink Your Drink Campaign provides nutrition education and skills, such as label reading, to help people make healthier beverage choices. Developed by the Network for a Healthy California.
What you drink is as important as what you eat. Here are 10 tips to help you make better beverage choices. Developed by MyPlate.gov.
Learn more about sugary drink companies, products, nutrition and industry marketing approaches from health researchers at Yale University.
A First 5 campaign that includes facts, activities, coloring sheets and more to get children (ages 0-5) to drink fewer sugary drinks and more water. Developed by First 5 California.
This site provides tips and tools on how to cut back on sugary drinks. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Sonoma Country Water Agency's Water Education Program provides lessons and materials on water conservation and stewardship of the local watersheds. Materials and programs are free to schools within the Sonoma and Northern Marin counties service areas.
Provides in-class education to Santa Rosa students in Sonoma Country about water quality and the health and economic reasons to drink tap water. Offers free stainless steel reusable water bottles to students.
This website is a collaborative effort of San Francisco Bay Area Counties to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma Counties are coming together to encourage Bay Area residents to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks.
The initiative is funded by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs. Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement uniquely pairs grant funding with 65 years of clinical expertise, medical research, and volunteerism to support prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that are expanding access to care and creating healthy environments. Kaiser Permanente recently awarded County of Sonoma, Department of Health Services a $1,000,000 grant that will help more people in the Roseland HEAL Zone get access to the resources they need to lead a healthy life. For more information about Kaiser Permanente's work in the community, visit .
Alameda County Public Health Department, Nutrition Services has run the Soda Free Summer Campaign annually for 7 years (and counting). The campaign has inspired thousands of residents and hundreds of organizations to make a lasting commitment to good health by reducing or eliminating sweetened beverages and sugary foods. Check out their website for Soda Free Summer tips sheets, activities, posters and more to help parents, kids, teachers and other childcare providers cut back on sugary drinks, http://www.sodafreesummer.org/.
Decreasing consumption of sugary drinks has been a priority for the Shape Up San Francisco Coalition since 2008. Their work is grounded in the growing body of science linking sugary drink consumption to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, and heart disease, and we strive to make it easy and fun for San Franciscans to reduce their consumption of these harmful beverages. To learn more about the work of Shape Up San Francisco, visit their website at www.shapeupsfcoalition.org.
One of San Mateo County's Health System priorities includes supporting and sustaining healthy neighborhoods and schools. This work is done in partnership with school districts that implement wellness policies, instruction of garden and nutrition education classes to youth from low income communities, and work with retail stores to help patrons make the healthy choice the easy choice. Reducing sugar consumption will continue to be at the forefront of health planning as we combat the effects of increased rates of diabetes in the last decade http://www.smchealth.org/nutrition.
By the year 2020, we envision that Sonoma County will be the healthiest county in California to live, work, and play…a place where people thrive and achieve their life potential. Collective action is necessary to improve the health of our county and eliminate health disparities. Obesity prevention efforts are a key element of this initiative, which includes a commitment to reduce consumption of sugary drinks in Sonoma County and to collaborate with other San Francisco Bay Area Counties to achieve this goal.