Rethink Your Drink!

To support schools with Student Nutrition priorities and to highlight the health impact of sugar-sweetened drinks and the importance of milk and water, the western region of the NLESD has organized a Healthy Beverage Week for November 18 – 22. To all other schools and clubs throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, this may be something to consider doing in your schools/clubs!

Beverages of choice, which meet The School Nutrition Policy and Kids Eat Smart Nutrition Policy, are:

– Water

– Milk (white and Chocolate)

– 100% Fruit Juices

Water : The best way to satisfy your thirst is water. Water hydrates the body without providing excess calories, sugars and fats.

Milk: Chocolate milk is usually of great discussion in our KES clubs; it has the same bone building nutrients as white milk (calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin), but it also has added sugars. We recommend that all KES clubs provide white milk most often, and that chocolate milk be limited and only used sparingly.

Juice and Fruity Drinks: When choosing a fruit juice for you club, you must look on the label for 100% fruit juice. These juices have essential vitamins and minerals, and they do not have added sugars like other juices. Be cautious of beverages called fruit “drink, punch, ade, beverage, or cocktail”, it has little or no real fruit juice in it.


How much added sugar are you drinking?

Flavoured Milk – 8 teaspoons

Sports Drink – 12 teaspoons

Chocolate Bar Milkshake – 14 teaspoons

Fruit Drink – 16 teaspoons

Energy Drink – 17 teaspoons

Pop – 17 teaspoons

So, the next time you are thirsty and go to the fridge to pour a cool glass of your favorite beverage….you may want to “rethink your drink”!

Information retrieved from: (

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

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