Davis High School Teen Health Awareness Club members Gaelyn Walche, left, and Clara Riggle work on a poster board for this year's Alternative to Soda Day events. Courtesy photo

Next Generation

Teen Health Awareness Club focuses on sugary beverages

Last year, the Davis High School Teen Health Awareness Club created an Alternative to Soda Day to highlight the detrimental effects of long-term consumption of sodas and other sugary beverages.

The event, held at Davis High during lunch in April, featured club members handing out donated water bottles, challenging students to match beverages to the amount of sugar displayed in plastic cups, and distributing information on the side effects of sugary beverages, such as diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

Gaelyn Walche, the club’s president and founder, noted that although a poll showed that half of DHS students drank sodas regularly, many of them said they had no idea that the drinks had so much sugar, could harm their health or could make them gain weight.

The event came to the attention of the school district’s Student Nutrition Services and the DJUSD Nutritional Advisory Committee, which asked the club to expand the event to all Davis schools in the next two years.

Alternative to Soda Day events were held recently at Holmes Junior High School and North Davis Elementary School and upcoming events will take place on Friday at Davis High; Thursday, April 24, at Birch Lane Elementary School; and at the science festival on Friday, April 25, at Montgomery Elementary School.

During the 2014-15 school year, the Teen Health Awareness Club plans to expand Alternative to Soda Day to all the other Davis schools. The club is advised by DHS teacher Ann Moriarty and supported by numerous individuals throughout the school district.

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