Champions for Change –ReThink Your Drink

Champions for Change –ReThink Your Drink

May 14, 2019
Mara Leong


Youth Policy Institute to lead Rethink Your Drink workshops in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (LOS ANGELES) — Youth Policy Institute (YPI) will participate in the nationwide Rethink Your Drink Day on May 8 in support of the larger Rethink Your Drink campaign to promote healthier lifestyles amongst children by reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks.

As part of the Champions for Change – Healthy Communities Initiative – which aims to create healthier environments for low-income individuals and families where they live, work, learn, play, and shop, YPI will lead nutrition workshops at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School to educate students and staff on making healthier beverage choices.

“Year after year the campaign proves to be highly impactful as we aim to improve the health of the communities we serve in East Hollywood,” says Shawn Bolton, YPI Director of Community and Family Support. “By raising awareness of the benefits of reducing sugary beverage consumption, participants not only make healthier choices, but pass this vital information along to friends and family who may be unaware of the negative effects that sugary beverages pose.”

The team will present an eye-opening activity that will demonstrate the amount of sugar found in many popular sweetened beverages, as well as help students and staff decipher hidden sweeteners on nutrition labels. Additionally, YPI will hand out healthy drink recipes that encourage participants to infuse water with fruits as a tasty alternative to artificially- and sugar-sweetened beverages.

This will be the third year that YPI will be promoting the Rethink Your Drink campaign in an effort to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages consumed daily by children, as well as combat health issues linked to such drinks, including dental cavities, weight gain, type-2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease found in children.

The Rethink Your Drink workshops will begin at 8:25 a.m. at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School and will conclude at 2:20 p.m. It is expected that approximately one thousand participants will benefit from the campaign.



For over 30 years, Youth Policy Institute (YPI) has been breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. YPI reaches more than 115,000 youth and adults annually at 138 program sites in Los Angeles. YPI is the only agency in the country to have been awarded all three signature White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives: Promise Neighborhoods, Choice Neighborhoods, and Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation; and is the lead implementation partner for the Los Angeles Promise Zone. Together, these initiatives form a place-based approach to fighting poverty, improving educational opportunities, and creating access to jobs. For more information, visit

This material was produced by the California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch with funding from USDA SNAP-Ed, known in California as CalFresh. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. CalFresh provides assistance to low-income households and can help buy nutritious food for better health. For CalFresh information, call 1.877.847.3663. For important nutrition information, visit

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