Students from Staten Island Technical High School, St. John Villa Academy, Staten Island Academy, and Susan E. Wagner High School have signed on to participate in the pilot program. Each school will create its own Challenge Advisory Council, made up of students and faculty members who will encourage the student body to stop drinking sugar sweetened beverages. Students will fill out a survey before and after the challenge and keep a log of what they drink.
Staten Island is currently ranked as the unhealthiest borough in the city. Given the declining overall health of Staten Islanders, Borough President Oddo feels that it is important to bring attention to health education and positive lifestyle changes, beginning with the youngest members of our community.
“By educating the next generation about the dangers of sugary drinks, we can help them make informed decisions about their health,” noted Borough President Oddo. “We’ve encouraged the participants to get creative in educating their peers about the negative effects of these beverages, which we hope will inspire them to eventually ‘kick the can’ for good.”