ReThink Your Drink, Coos County!

COOS BAY – Local health organizations and schools are challenging Coos County residents to cut down on soda pop and other sugary drinks.

ReThink Your Drink Coos County offers the chance to win prizes for replacing high-calorie drinks with healthier choices such as water.

“It seems like a small thing, but it can make a big difference in people’s health,” said Linda Hicks, community education coordinator at Bay Area Hospital.

Overconsumption of sugar is linked not only to obesity and diabetes, but also to diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, arthritis and even some cancers, she explained.

Sugar consumption has skyrocketed in the United States. Hicks said the average American ate just 7.5 pounds of sugar per year in 1700. That figure jumped to 90 pounds in 1900 and 150 pounds today.

Sugary drinks are a big factor. A 20-ounce bottle of pop can contain 16 to 18 teaspoons of sugar. Energy drinks, sports drinks and even fruit juice have high sugar levels as well. ReThink Your Drink promotes healthier choices such as water, nonfat milk, and unsweetened coffee or tea.

To participate in the contest, simply track what you drink during the month of May. Turn in your tally sheet each week for a chance to win an attractive aluminum travel mug. There’s also a grand prize drawing at the end of the month for four $300 cash cards.

Tally sheets and dropoff boxes are available at these participating locations:

  • Bay Area Hospital
  • North Bend Medical Center
  • Coquille Valley Hospital
  • Southern Coos Hospital
  • Coos County Public Health
  • Bay Clinic
  • Waterfall Community Health Center
  • Bandon Community Health Clinic


Additional sponsors include Southwestern Oregon Community College, the Coquille Indian Tribe, local public schools, and Western Oregon Advanced Health.

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For more information, go to, call Linda Hicks at 541-266-7927, or email her at


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