Did you know: The typical Hoosier child drinks enough sugary drinks each year to fill the average 30-gallon bathtub? That's why Top 10, a local coalition committed to improving the health of Indianapolis residents, recently launched a "Rethink Your Drink" campaign to encourage people to choose drinks without added sugars. \u201cIndy\u2019s kids are sweet enough,\u201d says Rhonda Bayless, executive director of Center for Wellness and Urban Women, a member of Top 10. \u201cNone of us would encourage our kids to drink that much sugar, but many of us do so without realizing how much sugar is hidden in many popular drinks.\u201d Hidden Sugar in Many Popular Drinks Sugary drinks include sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices and sweetened teas and coffees. \u201cMost of us know that sodas contain sugar,\u201d Bayless says, \u201cbut most of us don\u2019t realize how much sugar. Just one 12-ounce can of soda often contains as much as 9 teaspoons of sugar. That\u2019s like eating four glazed donuts.\u201d Other drinks -- some even marketed as good for you -- are also loaded with sugar. For instance, a 20-ounce sports drink also contains approximately 9 teaspoons of sugar, and many fruit drinks are loaded with added sugars. \u201cThe American Heart Association recommends that kids limit added sugars to 25 grams per day , and almost all sugary drinks are over this daily limit,\u201d says Julie Pike, a registered dietician with Riley Children\u2019s Health, also a Top 10 member. \u201cIn fact, sugary drinks are the largest source of calories and added sugar in kids\u2019 diets. Even drinking one sugary drink a day significantly increases the risk for obesity and Type-2 diabetes." The Health Costs of Sugar In Marion County, 40 percent of our youth are either overweight or obese. \u201cCertainly, the amount of added sugars, especially liquid sugar, in their diet plays a large role in that,\u201d Pike says. Too much sugar leads to other problems as well, including higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and tooth decay. \u201cHealthier drink options include water and low-fat milk,\u201d Pike says. \u201cWhen you\u2019re at the grocery store, take a look at the nutrition facts label on the back of the package. You want the \u2018added sugar\u2019 to be zero. And if you\u2019re out at a restaurant, opt for water, low-fat milk or unsweetened tea.\u201d Learn How to Rethink Your Drink To learn more about the "Rethink Your Drink" campaign, and for tips to make healthy beverage choices, visit www.top10in.org, and follow Top 10 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.