soda.jpgSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the start of a soda-free summer and is asking residents to rethink their drink choices.

Kicking off its fifth year, the campaign is part of the Shape Up San Francisco initiative to tackle obesity and diabetes among Bay Area children and adults, mayor’s office officials said.

City health officials are urging residents to choose healthier beverages such as 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices, low-fat milk and water over sodas and other drinks full of added sugar.

“San Francisco is fortunate to have pristine tap water from Hetch Hetchy that is among the cleanest and best tasting in the world,” Lee said in a statement. “This summer, I encourage everyone to rethink choosing sugary drinks and rehydrate with clean, refreshing tap water.”

Other city agencies and organizations, including the Boy and Girls Clubs, YMCA, and the San Francisco Junior Giants, are incorporating activities that encourage children to make healthy choices as part of the campaign.

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