Cola coup in process on the Peninsula

Put away that Coca-Cola bottle — this summer, San Mateo County is going soda-free.

Starting today, San Mateo County is launching a campaign to decrease the amount of soda consumed by children and adults.

According to Eliana Schultz, director of Public Health Nutrition Services for the San Mateo County Health Department, 46 percent of adults and 25 percent of children in grades five, seven and nine in the Bay Area are considered obese or overweight.

The “Soda-free Summer” campaign will train community leaders to educate residents. Schultz said that once people realize a 20-ounce bottle of soda contains 17 teaspoons of sugar, they may want to switch.

“Certainly, it’s going to be difficult for them to go cold turkey, but any help we can give will be a benefit to our youth,” Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson said.

The campaign will last through the end of August, and participants will be eligible to win prizes such as a new bike or healthy groceries.

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