Sugary Drink Awareness
The Public Health and Research Center was funded by the NY Department of Health to raise awareness regarding sugary drinks among the Korean-American youth community of Queens, NY. Project DRINK Healthy (Drinking Right and Instilling proper Nutrition to our Kids) aimed to provide culturally competent events to positively change Korean-American children’s perceptions of sugary drinks, and reverse the statistics of sugary drink consumption in the Asian-American community at large. Drinking high amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages can increase the risks for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stunted growth, tooth decay, and cognitive health. Recognizing the issues unfamiliar within our community, PHRC raised sugary drink awareness through media outreach and two large community events in May 2018. Project DRINK Healthy intends to reach out to the Korean community about the dangers of sugary drink consumption by informing and encouraging families to drink healthy.