Health officials push Soda Free Summer pledge

Health officials push Soda Free Summer pledge

CREATED Jul. 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Southern Nevada health officials want residents to swear off soda this summer.

The health district launched its Soda Free Summer Initiative on Monday, and encouraged adults and children to take a soda-free pledge at the Get Healthy Clark County website.

Officials say they're also working with the City of Henderson to implement a curriculum called Sugar Savvy in the city's summer camp programs.

The agency cites research linking the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks with higher rates of obesity and oral health problems. Officials say cutting back soda consumption by a drink a day can reduce calorie intake by about 150 and lower the risk of sugar-related ailments.

To take the pledge, click here.