Rethink Your Drink with Summer Serve Participants

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The Summer 2021 Summer Serve Participants at the YMCA of Frederick County helped LiveWell Frederick with our Rethink Your Drink initiative by creating public service announcements (PSAs) to promote the health benefits of drinking more water.

The participants had a lot of fun creating their PSAs, which feature water-swilling cowboys and a soda mafia to encourage people to avoid sugary drinks and replace them with water.

The teen coordinator for the YMCA said, “I appreciated LiveWell Frederick coming by to educate our teens, who are among the most targeted by sugary drink companies, on the importance of choosing their beverages wisely. The participants got to practice teamwork and harness their inner performer to create commercials to educate their peers.”

These fun videos remind viewers that choosing water is always the best option. While sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sports drinks, and some coffees are associated with weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and more, water has zero calories and zero sugar, helping maintain a healthy diet and body weight. Say no to sugary drinks, and yes to water and 1% milk.

Summer Serve is a YMCA/United Way Partnership that provides local youth ages 12-17 with the opportunity to spend their summer volunteering, developing leadership skills, and making friendships that last a lifetime.

Summer Serve is a six-week program designed to help young people awaken their inner leader, build teamwork skills, and meet like-minded peers while creating positive change in their community.

Rethink Your Drink teaches mindfulness about the amount of sugar in our drinks and encourages drinking more water and 1% milk.

There are three tips to help get started:

  1. Replace most, if not all, of your beverages with water.
  2. Reduce the amount of sugar in your tea or coffee gradually until you adjust to less sweetness.
  3. If you’re craving some flavor, add a splash of sparkling water, slices of fruits or vegetables, or 100% fruit juice to your water.


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