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Healthy Beverage and Sodium Reduction Initiative

The REACH Project’s Healthy Beverage & Sodium Reduction Initiative works with organizations across the city of Boston to promote adoption of voluntary policies and practices that will increase access to healthy beverages and low sodium foods.

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Sugary beverages like soda, fruit drinks, sweetened teas and coffees, energy and sports drinks, and sweetened milk/milk alternatives contain added sugars that contribute empty calories. This results in excess calories without healthful nutrients or a feeling of fullness, and an increased risk of obesity and other chronic diseases. For more information on the negative health effects of sugary beverages, please visit Sugar Smarts (in English) or Azucar Sabia (en Español).
Sodium, a component of salt, is a mineral linked to hypertension (or high blood pressure), heart disease, and stroke. Reading food labels carefully, selecting low-sodium foods, and cooking with herbs and spices instead of table salt are simple ways to decrease sodium intake.  For more information on sodium and steps to reduce your sodium intake, visit Swap the Salt (in English) or Deja La Sal (en Español).
Organizations are encouraged to establish workplace policies around healthier food and beverage options by adopting procurement standards, implementing sales and retail strategies that promote healthy items, and enhancing access to tap water.  The work of the Healthy Beverage & Sodium Reduction Initiative spans the following sectors:
  • Community-based organizations
  • Community Health Centers
  • Early child care programs
  • Elder meal service providers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Homeless Service Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Supermarkets
  • Youth Organizations
For information on how your organization can implement healthy food and beverage policies, please see the resources below.

Healthy Beverage Resources

Water Access Resources

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 Sodium Reduction Resources

Additional Resources




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