2 Year Objective

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By October 2017, develop a toolkit/resource list consisting of existing education materials related to SSB reduction, and water and low-fat/fat-free milk consumption.

2 Year Objective

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By summer 2018, the Arkansas Department of Health will release baseline SSB consumption data for adults in Arkansas.

2 Year Objective

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By October 2017, all businesses and government agencies will have access to model SSB policies.

2 Year Objective

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By October 2017, all businesses will have access to model pouring contract language.

2 Year Objective

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By October 2017, 5 communities, counties and/or agencies will have implemented SSB policies.

  • 6 number of communities
  • 4 since January 2016

2 Year Objective

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By July 2017, all school districts that participate in the USDA School Meals Program will have adopted updated wellness policies that meet USDA FNS criteria.

2 Year Objective

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By August 2017, all school districts that participate in the USDA School Meals Program will attest in their Child Nutrition Agreement that they have adopted updated wellness policies that meet USDA FNS criteria.

2 Year Objective

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By April 2017, vending and marketing audit tools will be shared with all school districts that participate in USDA school meals program.

2 Year Objective

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By August 2017, school districts that participate in the USDA School Meal programs will have model policy assessment tools.

2 Year Objective

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By October 2017, 30 schools will have adapted water fountains to be water filling stations or installed water filling stations.

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By October 2017, child care licensing standards will require water to be offered to children throughout the day.


More Water in the Workplace and Community

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Reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in worksites, public places and recreation.

Action Steps
  • Develop educational messages to agencies, businesses and the public.
  • Review model policies and adapt and distribute them to local and state partners.
  • Work with local and state partners to initiate policies that will lead to decreased intake of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Create an advocacy campaign to address need, urgency and cost benefit of SSB reduction targeted at decision-makers.
  • Review model beverage contract language, adapt as needed and distribute to local and state partners.
  • Identify lead corporations (e.g. hospitals) to adopt SSB policies, then recruit other businesses to participate.

More Water in Schools

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Reduce consumption of SSBs in schools.

Action Steps
  • Review model beverage contract language, adapt as needed, and distribute through local and state partners.
  • Develop and implement district policies that prohibit the sale of SSBs.
  • Incorporate SSB policy implementation, as needed, into the Wellness Priority of the Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan to assure accountability.
  • Develop local means (in addition to state agency reviews) to perform policy compliance checks.
  • Develop a recognition system for achievements in SSB reduction within local school districts.
  • Utilize campaigns to increase consumption of water and fat-free/low-fat milk.

State and Local Policy

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Use policy incentives and disincentives that will impact sugar-sweetened beverage purchases.

Action Steps
  • Increase water availability through pricing strategies, product location/placement and free water fountains.
  • Increase fat-free/low-fat milk availability through pricing strategies and product location/placement.
  • Require caloric labeling of SSBs in vending machines.
  • Limit portion size of all SSBs sold in state and local government owned or operated facilities.
  • Promote a kids meal default beverage as fat-free/low-fat milk.

More Water in Day Care Centers

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Eliminate use of SSBs in licensed day care centers.

Action Steps
  • Develop and implement policies through DHS Child Care Licensing to eliminate the use of SSBs.
  • Increase free water availability at all times.
  • Utilize campaigns to increase consumption of water and milk (fat-free/low-fat milk for children age two and older.)