It’s Your Health, Your Choice. Choose what’s best for your family. Choose water over sugary drinks.
Who’s ready to lose weight quickly & easily?
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard of all sorts of diets promising to help you lose weight without much effort. The truth is, your body works on a balancing equation of energy in versus energy out. Simply stated, if you want to lose weight you must consume less calories (energy in) than your body uses (energy out).
But what if you have already looked closely at the foods you are eating? Most often, people talk about their foods when they are looking to lose weight and forget to look at the beverages they drink. By simply switching out your daily sugary drink for water, the average person can lose up to 15 pounds in one year.
Check out our tips for drinking less sugar, healthy drink recipes, take the pledge to drink more water and start to Rethink your Drink!
5 Tips to Less Sugar
Be Juice Smart
Choose 100% fruit juice, with no added sugar. Limit juice servings to 4oz or less for kids.
Skip the Soda
Drinking one can of soda a day can lead to gaining up to 15 pounds a year. Replace soda with water to help achieve a healthy weight.
Keep a refillable water bottle with you. Try adding fresh fruit slices for flavor.
Know the Hidden Sugars
Added sugar has many names, like “Corn Syrup”, “High Fructose Corn Syrup”, and “Fructose”. Check food labels and watch for hidden sugars.
Avoid Sports Drinks
Sports drinks sound healthy but are loaded with added sugar. Refresh with water when doing sports.
Fresh, Convenient, Affordable, and Nutritious
The City of Austin is partnering with Go Austin, Vamos Austin! (GAVA), the Sustainable Food Center, and Farmshare Austin to offer fresh, affordable food through two initiatives.
Community run markets that are strategically located in areas that are easily walkable to residents of the community. Fresh produce from local Austin farms is sold at reduced prices, making it more affordable than a traditional farmer’s market. Most stands accept SNAP benefits and offer the Double Dollars program. Farm Stands are managed by the Sustainable Food Center.
Markets on wheels and run by a local non-profit, Farmshare Austin. They can be easily set up and moved to another location but prioritize areas that have few to no options for buying fresh produce. In addition to produce from local Austin farms, staple goods like pasta, spices, and beans are sold. Prices are affordable and all markets accept SNAP benefits and offer the Double Dollars Program.
Healthy Corner Stores
Healthy corner stores are convenience stores, including gas stations, that offer more than the typical amount and variety of healthier food items, including produce. In a partnership with The Food Trust, GAVA has supported eight corner stores in the 78744 and 78745 zip codes of South and Southeast Austin to increase their capacity to offer healthy food items. Healthy foods include both fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, and shelf goods that follow specific nutrition standards.
To learn more, visit http://www.austintexas.gov/freshforless