LH Collaborative creates ‘Soda Free Summer’ pledge

The La Habra Collaborative, a nonprofit organization, is building on its Move More, Eat Healthy program by creating pledge drive to help people shed their soft drink intake by having a “Soda Free Summer.”
Individuals can sign the pledge and promise to avoid soft drinks from June 25 to September 15.
People of all ages are encouraged to take the pledge, according to Sandi Baltes, director of the La Habra Collaborative.
Parents are encouraged to help children avoid the sugary drinks.
A typical 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and upwards of 240 calories. A 64-ounce fountain cola drink could have up to 700 calories according to US Agricultural Department data.
Studies, including a 2006 study by the National Institutes of Health, said that children and adults have found that reducing sugary drink consumption can lead to better weight control among those who are initially overweight.
A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks. A related study in women found a similar sugary beverage–heart disease link.
The city of La Habra recently supported the Collaborative’s movement and many city officials signed the pledge.
For more information, or to sign the pledge, contact the Collaborative at

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