Healthy Beverages

Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) supports lowering the amount of sugary beverages people drink and encourages healthy, hydrating beverages instead. We want to help communities ensure that serving healthy beverages is the standard, not the exception, in the places where we live, work, learn, and play!

Sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories and added sugar to a diet with no nutritional value. Sugary beverages are those with sugar added, such as soda, juice drink, fruit punch, lemonade, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas/coffees.

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Healthy Children's Menu Campaign

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Hidden Sugar Campaign

In Colorado, 1 out of 5 children has at least 1 sugary drink per day.

Many parents and caregivers are not aware of the hidden sugar in some of the beverages that they give to their children. The Healthy Beverage Partnership created the Hidden Sugar campaign with input from parents to educate about the harmful effects of sugar and the high sugar content in many beverages.

Through simple graphics, the Hidden Sugar campaign compares the sugar levels of drinks like juice, sports drinks, and soda to the sugar levels found in sugary foods and desserts, such as cookies, donuts, and more.

Infographic showing sugary drinks and the equivalent amount of sugar in number of cookies. 

Healthy Beverage Partnership

Tri-County Health Department represents Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties on the regional Healthy Beverage Partnership. The Healthy Beverage Partnership is made up of six lead agencies: Boulder County Public Health, Broomfield Public Health and Environment, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, and Tri-County Health Department. Each agency is leading local efforts to engage residents in community-level work to improve beverages served, shift norms, and build healthier community environments together.