When you walk into the Buell Children’s Museum of Pueblo, you will find plenty of innovative and fun exhibits you and your kids will love. The one thing you will not find at the museum is sugary drinks—but you will find water!
This year, the Buell Children’s Museum partnered with the Cavities Get Around campaign to switch up their drink offerings. The result provides families and kids healthier options during their visit. This comes from a healthy beverage policy the Buell Children’s Museum created. As a result, the museum only serves water or infused water at its events, and water is the only beverage sold in the gift shop.
The museum chose to put this policy in place because of water’s benefits to oral and overall health, especially in young children. High consumption of sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Sugar often hides in drinks we think are healthy, including:
- Flavored milks
- Sports drinks
- Energy drinks
- Juices and juice drinks
- Branded flavored waters
- Flavored coffees and lattes
The sugar in these common drinks fuels bacteria in the mouth that causes cavities. Baby teeth are more vulnerable to decay than adult teeth because the enamel is thin.
Thinking of creating your own beverage standard to increase water consumption and reduce sugary drink consumption? The Buell Children’s Museum says their policy has gone over well: Adult visitors are very happy, and kids love the infused water option.
Cheryl Lyons is the Social Media Specialist at Amélie Company, the local Denver advertising and marketing agency that works with Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. Our thanks to Zachary Friberg, Curator of Learning at the Buell Children’s Museum, for collaborating with us on this blog.