New York City Health Department launches new campaign against sugary drinks

The city's Health Department has launched a new ad campaign urging New Yorkers to cut down on sugary beverages. The campaign focuses on drinks like

The campaign focuses on drinks like sweet teas, sports drinks and fruit-flavored beverages.

The campaign focuses on drinks like sweet teas, sports drinks and fruit-flavored beverages. (6/4/13)

THE BRONX - The city's Health Department has launched a new ad campaign urging New Yorkers to cut down on sugary beverages.

The campaign focuses on drinks like sweet teas, sports and energy drinks and fruit-flavored beverages. The Health Department says drinks like these might sound healthy because they're fruit-flavored, but they're actually packed with added sugars which can lead to obesity and other problems.

The American Beverage Association says, "Selectively picking out common grocery items like sugar-sweetened beverages as a cause of obesity is misleading. The public does not believe that solutions to obesity are as simplistic as a ban on the size of just one item that people consume, nor should they."

The city and soft drink makers and sellers are still in court over the Big Gulp Ban. A judge struck it down saying Big Gulps could be sold, but the city appealed the decision.

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