Policies that restrict bottled water sales for environmental and sustainability purposes, and policies that increase access to bottled water to reduce sugary drink access, may be working at cross-purposes to the detriment of the environment and the public’s health. This study will explore policies that restrict the use of bottled water and describe opportunities presented by harnessing sustainability concerns to reduce sugary drink consumption among children and youth. Specific aims of the study are to: 1) document and compare the issue categorizations, policy rationales, and policy elements of proposed and enacted limits on bottled water use and sugary drinks interventions; and 2) synthesize elements of packaged beverage policies into a unified approach to bridge the environmental and human health aspirations of bottled water and sugary drinks policies. A content analysis of local policies to restrict bottled water use and healthy beverage policies for community settings that serve children and youth will be conducted. Results will be analyzed with a focus on whether and how human health concerns from sugary drink consumption are addressed in bottled water policies, and how sustainability issues are addressed, if at all, in healthy beverage policies.
Examining Bottled-Water Restrictions and Environmental Concerns as an Opportunity to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption Among Children and Adults
Toddler drinks are a relatively new product category, typically offered by infant formula manufacturers and promoted as beneficial for young children ages 12 months and older. Marketing promotes these drinks as the “next step” after infant formula, using claims that imply unproven benefits for children’s nutrition and health. However, these drinks … More
Conducting a health-care-technology-based intervention to reduce sugary-beverage consumption for diverse populations of children
The healthcare sector is a promising venue for systems interventions to reduce children’s sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, but clinical staff lack the time for high-intensity in-person interventions. We propose to develop and pilot a parent-informed, technology-enabled healthcare system-based intervention. The goals of the intervention are to: reduce SSB consumption, promote … More
Expanding and evaluating a community-based intervention to increase healthy beverage consumption by Navajo preschool children
Diet-related disparities among indigenous youth are driven, in part, by excess sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and limited access to drinking water. Water is K’é targets environmental change at early childhood education (ECE) sites and community-wide systems change to promote a Diné culture of health. ECE sites will select and implement site-based … More