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Pilot Project Shows That Teens Can Reduce Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

June 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers focusing on the health and dietary patterns of people in Appalachia developed a pilot interventional program that significantly reduced consumption of sugar sweetened beverages among teenagers. High concentrations of chronic diabetes and obesity are found among the 25 million people of Appalachia – a region that stretches from the southern tier of New York to northern Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. The pilot program used surveys, focus groups and community health advocates to create a “Sodabriety” challenge for teens: give up or reduce consumption of sugary drinks for 30 days. According to the researchers, the project worked because teens “motivated each other in ways that showed a sense of ownership and pride."
Smith, Laureen H. et al., "Engaging Rural and Urban Appalachians in Research using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach", PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, June 06, 2012, © The Authors
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