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We Can Challenge Week 5: Avoid soda and sugary drinks

Seth Martin
Special to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Soda and other sugary drinks can be a source of large amounts of empty calories. They also supply excessive amounts of sugar to young children who may be consuming them.

In addition, they can contain caffeine, something that most students do not need to have in their diet.

These drinks have also begun to replace water and milk in students’ diets, which are essential to students being healthy.

A regular can of soda can have 40 grams of sugar or more, this equals about 160 calories. With most of the larger sodas equaling at least 2.5 servings they can contain 400 calories or more.

That is the equivalent of two slices of cheese pizza. The calories students are drinking are quickly forgotten and add to their waistlines.

These types of drinks should and can be used as a treat, but if they are consumed daily they could be preventing a child from being healthy.

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– Seth Martin is the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’ Teacher of the Year 2010. Students at Lake Tahoe Unified School District, Zephyr Cove Elementary School and the Boys & Girls Club participate in the We Can! program, which is hosted by Barton Health. Find-out more at http://www.wecansouthlaketahoe.com.