We have new evidence-based information to share with you for your use in advocacy and consumer education. I am so pleased to be able to share the news release, the full scientific statement published today in Circulation and tools we are promoting for advocates.
First, the highlights:
- The American Heart Association recommends children 2-18 consume less than six teaspoons of added sugars per day.
- Children and teens should limit their intake of sugary drinks to no more than eight ounces weekly.
- The recommendations also advise that children under the age of 2 years should not consume foods or beverages with added sugars, including sugary drinks.
Now, additional assets for your use:
- Consumer messages (Facebook/Twitter to use with infographic attached):
o No need for all that added sugar, healthy kids are sweet enough! www.heart.org/sugar
o NEWS: @American_Heart issues first scientific statement on sugar limits for kids www.heart.org
o Attention Parents: Keep Track Of The Sweet Stuff by @NancyatHeart @American_Heart http://huff.to/2bHL9p6
- Grassroots message (Facebook/Twitter to drive advocates to join the Healthy Drinks Action Team for activation in local campaigns):
o Our kids drink more sugary drinks than milk. We can change that in [STATE] with @Voices4HK. Find out how here: http://bit.ly/2bxmqI1
o Most kids have 3 times the recommended added sugar a day. Want to change that? Visit http://bit.ly/2bxmqI1
o Retweet if you want to fight sugar consumption with @American_Heart and @Voices4HK. Join us at http://bit.ly/2bxmqI1
- Healthy Drinks messaging one-pager
- Additional Resources:
- Healthy Food Choices in Public Places
- Junk Food Marketing in Schools
- Healthy Food Access
- Sugary Drinks
We have a lot of work to do to get to these targets of under 6 teaspoons each day.