Let\u2019s not sugar coat it: The average Hoosier kid consumes a lot of sugar on a daily basis. So much, in fact, that you could fill a 30-gallon bathtub with the number of sugary drinks that a typical Indiana child consumes each year. That\u2019s why Top 10, a local coalition committed to improving the health of Indianapolis residents, recently launched a \u201cRethink Your Drink\u201d 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 Limit Your Child\u2019s Sugar Intake According to recommendations made by the American Heart Association, kids should consume no more than 25 grams of sugar per day \u2014 the equivalent of about six teaspoons. However, almost all sugary beverages surpass this daily limit. Sugary drinks can 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 The Risks of Too Much Sugar What\u2019s so bad about consuming large amounts of sugar? According to Julie Pike, a registered dietician with Riley Children\u2019s Health, who is also a Top 10 member, even drinking one sugary drink a day significantly increases the risk for obesity and Type-2 diabetes. \u201cIn Marion County, 40 percent of our youth are either overweight or obese,\u201d Pike says. \u201cCertainly, the amount of added sugars, especially liquid sugar, in their diet plays a large role in that.\u201d Too much sugar leads to other problems as well, including higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and tooth decay. Steps You Can Take to Reduce Sugar So what can parents do to keep their child\u2019s sugar intake down? Here are some tips that will get you and your family on the right path: \tOpt for healthier beverage options, including water, plain milk and beverages with no added sugar, like unsweetened tea. \tBe a healthy role model for your child by making water your drink of choice. \tOffer refillable water bottles or cups, and teach kids to fill them before leaving home. \tChoose healthier vending and menu options, such as bottled water or other low or no sugar alternatives. \tFor kids who have a difficult time drinking plain water, you can try flavoring the water with fruit slices to create more taste and excitement \tOrder water or milk instead of sugary drinks while dining out. \tRead nutrition facts on product labels for added sugars.