For the second consecutive year, the St. Mary Athletic Council (SMAC) applied for and received an Action 4 Youth grant from the Canadian Cancer Society. SMAC chose “Rethinking Sugary Drinks” with the goal of promoting awareness of the impact that sugar has on the health of youth.
Sugar is one of the major concerns of the Canadian Cancer Society. Research shows that being overweight or obese increases your risk of cancer. SMAC promoted the choice of drinking water first and making the St. Mary community aware how serious hidden sugar is and how they can make the best choices.
SMAC Project leader Meira Morphet with Isabelle Bauman, Keven Brennan, Kiera Brennan, Matthew Madden and Lachlan Perigord, created and presented an informative and interactive slide show at the school wide HAT Health and Wellness assembly in April. “Water does Wonders” plaques were designed and put on display above the school hydration stations that promote the choice of water over sugary drinks, sponsored by Hamilton Public Health.
On Wednesday, May 9th, the SMAC crew followed up with a very successful “H2O is the Way to Go!” promotion event, also supported by Hamilton Public Health, during the lunch periods.
Events included a “Hydrate to Dominate!” water pong game; a bowling game, smoothie samples, fruit infused water stations, and multiple displays with popular drinks, including Gatorade and Coke, paired with sugar cube models equal to the surprising amount of sugar in each drink. Over 100 students filled out ballots for a “Sugar Kills!” guessing game, using a glass skull filled with sugar cubes, on the chance of picking the right number to win a Crusader recyclable water bottle.
The SMAC crew plans to finish with a “Hello Yellow!” Daffodil pin sale with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.