Archive for September 6th, 2012

Dell hospital challenges students to cut back on sodas

Austin students got a big challenge today: Try to go without soda Monday through Friday until the end of the school year.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and the Austin Independent School District launched the no-soda initiative, called “Don’t Do the Dew,” to promote “healthy living in the fight against childhood obesity by abstaining from sodas,” according to a statement.

“A third of all school-age children in Austin are considered overweight or obese and, in some areas of Austin, up to two-thirds of children are at an unhealthy weight,” the statement said.

The idea behind initiative is to improve classroom performance and to curb the rise of adult health conditions, such as diabetes, depression, heart disease and hypertension, that are being found in children, officials said.

Leading the initiative is Dr. Stephen Pont, medical director for Children’s/Austin ISD Student Health Services and Dell Children’s Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity.

“Avoiding carbonated drinks and other sugary drinks will help fight obesity and improve learning,” Pont said in the statement. “Sugary sodas have so much sugar and have no nutritional value. For folks trying to get to a healthy weight, you could even think of them as being toxic. Caffeine and other artificial ingredients are not things children should consume, and don’t belong in our children’s diets.”

The idea came from parents in Southeast and East Austin, including Manantial de Salud Dove Springs, a grassroots health network that promotes better access to health care, healthier environments and lifestyles for Latinos, the statement said.

“We’re making this promise for our families and urging all families here to do the same,” said Edgar Chacon, a parent and member of the network, which is sponsored by the Latino Healthcare Forums. “Our children’s health is at stake and every small step like this will help in the fight against obesity.”

If you’d like to join the no-soda challenge text “nosodas” to 84444 or email nosodatx@gmail.com.

Dell hospital challenges students to cut back on sodas

Austin students got a big challenge today: Try to go without soda Monday through Friday until the end of the school year.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and the Austin Independent School District launched the no-soda initiative, called “Don’t Do the Dew,” to promote “healthy living in the fight against childhood obesity by abstaining from sodas,” according to a statement.

“A third of all school-age children in Austin are considered overweight or obese and, in some areas of Austin, up to two-thirds of children are at an unhealthy weight,” the statement said.

The idea behind initiative is to improve classroom performance and to curb the rise of adult health conditions, such as diabetes, depression, heart disease and hypertension, that are being found in children, officials said.

Leading the initiative is Dr. Stephen Pont, medical director for Children’s/Austin ISD Student Health Services and Dell Children’s Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity.

“Avoiding carbonated drinks and other sugary drinks will help fight obesity and improve learning,” Pont said in the statement. “Sugary sodas have so much sugar and have no nutritional value. For folks trying to get to a healthy weight, you could even think of them as being toxic. Caffeine and other artificial ingredients are not things children should consume, and don’t belong in our children’s diets.”

The idea came from parents in Southeast and East Austin, including Manantial de Salud Dove Springs, a grassroots health network that promotes better access to health care, healthier environments and lifestyles for Latinos, the statement said.

“We’re making this promise for our families and urging all families here to do the same,” said Edgar Chacon, a parent and member of the network, which is sponsored by the Latino Healthcare Forums. “Our children’s health is at stake and every small step like this will help in the fight against obesity.”

If you’d like to join the no-soda challenge text “nosodas” to 84444 or email nosodatx@gmail.com.

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