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Wednesday: Thousands mobilizing to educate legislators about sugary drinks and the importance of prevention – ILAACP

Wednesday: Thousands mobilizing to educate legislators about sugary drinks and the importance of prevention

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent of Obesity (IAPO) is hosting a Day of Action today, Wednesday, July 29, to educate legislators about sugary drinks, the need for investment in community prevention and health and to advocate for including the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Act in the budget.

You can join the advocacy campaign and write or call your legislators — find out more about the HEAL Act and action tools at www.HEALtheBudget.org.

Or, you can focus on educating legislators about prevention and sugary drinks.

  • Help promote the discussion of sugary drinks and prevention by visiting the HEALtheBudget Facebook page and sharing posts and news articles about the health harms of sugary drinks with your friends, family and legislators.
  • Tweet about Rethink Your Drink to your legislators, using the hashtag #rethinkyourdrink or #HEALtheBudget. You can find tweets and your legislators’ Twitter handles @HEALtheBudget.

Why sugary drinks?

Sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar in Americans’ diet. They are linked to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, oral health problems, obesity and other health issues.

  • One study showed that every additional serving of sugary drinks per day increased odds of obesity in children by 60%.
  • Adults who drink one or more sugary drinks daily are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese.
  • Regular consumption of sugary drinks (7 servings or more per week) could increase risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
  • People who consume sugary drinks regularly-1 to 2 cans a day or more-have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Why Prevention?

If we keep doing what we’ve been doing – paying for health care for people after they get sick with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases – costs will continue to rise in Illinois. Today, obesity costs the Illinois health care system over $6 billion in unnecessary spending, with more than a billion of that being spent in Medicaid. This is not sustainable, nor is it sound fiscal policy. Investing in prevention now is a common sense way not only to improve lives, but also to help reduce these costs in the future. Initiatives that support healthier food and physical education in schools and child care centers; bike and walking paths; eliminating food deserts; and making fruits and vegetables more affordable all can help us prevent debilitating and costly chronic disease.

Join the conversation!


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