The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition has a challenge for the community; reduce how much sugar you eat for one day. In celebration of February Dental Health Month, we are asking families, businesses, and organizations to take the Sugar Out Day pledge on February 17th.
Besides promoting a community pledge, activities are planned in February for Kate Goodrich Elementary, Trinity Lutheran School, Maple Grove Elementary, and Tomahawk Elementary. All schools can participate by checking out the 2016 Sugar Out Day Elementary School Toolkit Final
The following are additional tips on making your Sugar Out Day pledge a success.
- Rethink Your Drink Drink less sodas, juices, flavored milk, and energy drinks. Sugary beverages contain an average of 10 teaspoons of sugar per serving. A good alternative would be unflavored milk and or water. Watch out for diet sodas; although they have artificial sweetener they are not a healthy substitute.
- Read Food Labels All sugars are listed in grams on the nutrition label. Every 4 gram of sugar on the nutrition label equals 1 teaspoons of sugar. Do the math by dividing the number of grams on the label by 4. Check out your favorite snack or drink’s nutrition label and see how the teaspoons add up for you.
- Substitute Sugary Snacks There are many healthier options available for snacks. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great choice. In order to be successful with eating healthier, you need to plan ahead. Pre-packing snacks so they are ready when you are hungry can help you succeed.
- Watch Out for Artificial Sugars It is important to take a look at how many artificial sweeteners you eat or drink. If you are currently having several artificially sweetened drinks and food items in a day, challenge yourself to have only one.
Individuals and families can take the pledge to reduce their sugar on February 17th by filling out the Sugar Out Day 2016 Community Pledge Form. You can also request a printed form by calling Shelley Hersil at the Lincoln County Health Department 715-539-1360 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those that return a completed pledge will be put into a weekly raffle drawing for a fresh fruit and vegetable gift card for March.
Sugar Out Day is sponsored by the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition; Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital, Lincoln County Health Department, Oak Park Dental, Lincoln County Board of Health, Merrill Head Start, First Impressions, and Bridge Community Dental Clinics. The Coalition’s goals are to increase dental access and increase oral health hygiene practices among Lincoln County’s residents.