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  1. RETHINK YOUR DRINK! Drink water or low-fat milk instead of sugar sweetened beverages.

  2. Instead of soda, commit to drinking:
    Water (everyday — all you want!)
    Non-fat or Low-fat Milk
    100% Fruit Juice (limit juice to 1/2 cup daily)
    Unsweetened Iced Tea
    Diet Soda (once in awhile)

  3. Add a slice of orange, lemon, lime or cucumber to your water for very few calories and lots of flavor!

  4. Read the Nutrition Facts on food labels and reduce added sugar intake to 25-35 grams/day (6–9 teaspoons)

  5. When dining out, order water. Not only will you consume less sugar and calories with your meal, you will save money too.

  6. Add a small amount of 100% fruit juice to your water to give it some flavor.

  7. Drink water with meals and snacks.

  8. Cold water is often more appetizing. To cool down your water, put it in the refrigerator, or add a couple of ice cubes to it.

  9. Drink green tea. It is calorie-free (if you have it without milk or sugar) and comes in many flavors. It can be drunk hot or iced.

  10. Mix 100 percent juice with seltzer for a tastier, healthier, and less expensive drink. A thick, tart juice, such as cranberry, pomegranate, or grape, makes for a great base in addition to supplying health benefits.
    Mix one part juice with three parts seltzer to create this light and bubbly concoction.
Soda Free…for life!


In 2007, Alameda County Nutrition Services launched the Soda Free Summer campaign and in year 5 it’s still expanding as more and more counties across the state join the efforts to spread the message and share the Sugar Savvy training and education materials. Visit the Soda Free Summer website for more information.

Regionally, the Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) has taken a leadership role in encouraging residents to rethink their drink. Click here for more information and resources.


Soda Free Summer Material


Take advantage of our free downloadable Soda Free Summer materials.

The campaign encourages Alameda County residents to rethink their drinks and consider drinking healthier alternatives. Nutrition Services partners with several Alameda County school districts, community-based organizations, the faith-based and business communities, and health care organizations to distribute the Soda Free Tracking Log that shares facts about sweetened beverages and provides an easy way to track days without a soda.

Teachers: Use these tools and resources to educate your students about how to be sugar savvy:

Be Sugar Savvy Curriclum


Three Days of Activities: K-1st Grades

Three Days of Activities: 2nd-3rd Grades

Three Days of Activities: 4th – 5th Grades

Three Days of Activities: 6th - 8th Grades

Visit the Soda Free Summer website for more information.