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Health Department seeks to cut sugary drinks

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A local group is concerned about childhood obesity, and now they're fighting back.

Challenge Chippewa has recently begun delivering a kit to area child care centers. It comes with guidelines on how to cut back on the amount of sugary beverages kids are drinking during snack and meal times. The group suggests serving milk and water in place of higher calorie drinks like juice or soda.

"We know that one in three children are already overweight, and the health problems that go along with that include diabetes, and heart disease, and certain cancers. And then all the dental problems that can accompany sweetened beverages. That was our need," said Chippewa County Health Department's Robin Fedie.

Challenge Chippewa says drinking one can of coke a day can add up to 15 pounds of fat a year. 

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