“ReThinkDrink NEU” Promoting Healthy Beverage Alternatives
Over the past year, the Northeastern’s School of Pharmacy has collaborated with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to implement a component of its 3-year grant ‘Let’s Get Healthy, Boston!’ from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce obesity in Boston. The School of Pharmacy has led a campus-based component of this project, “ReThinkDrink NEU”, to encourage the use of non-sugary drinks, thus reducing caloric intake and ultimately obesity. Also in collaboration with Northeastern Office of Sustainability and Energy, pharmacy students have promoted “ReThinkDrink NEU” and encouraged the consumption of water in place of high sugar beverages especially from the 190 filtered water stations on campus Activities have included active outreach displays at Earth Day, Sustainability Day, and Bouve Health Day where pharmacy students have collected over 500 recommendations from 375 individuals as to where additional filtered water dispensers should be placed. In October pharmacy students distributed 300 “ReThinkDrink NEU” water bottles at the Bouve Health Fair.
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