Healthy Kids Are Sweet Enough !

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!

o   NEWS: @American_Heart issues first scientific statement on sugar limits for kids

o   Attention Parents: Keep Track Of The Sweet Stuff by @NancyatHeart @American_Heart

  • Grassroots message (Facebook/Twitter to drive advocates to join the Healthy Drinks Action Team for activation in local campaigns):

o   .@American_Heart recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for kids 2-18.  What can your community do?

o   Our kids drink more sugary drinks than milk. We can change that in [STATE] with @Voices4HK. Find out how here:

o   Most kids have 3 times the recommended added sugar a day.  Want to change that? Visit

o   Retweet if you want to fight sugar consumption with @American_Heart and @Voices4HK. Join us at

o   Key messages for all issues

o   Toolkits:



We have a lot of work to do to get to these targets of under 6 teaspoons each day.

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