How much sugar is in that drink?

BUCKHANNON  — How much sugar is in the average soft drink?

It’s a question that students at Buckhannon-Upshur High School were asked Wednesday as part of a wellness and nutrition program to launch the high school’s wellness program.

Mountain Dew has 19 teaspoons of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle.

Kerry Gabbert, program coordinator with WVU Extension’s family nutrition program and Brandi Adkins, youth health educator with WVU Extension, had students play “The Gram is Right” Wednesday.

In the freshmen presentation, Shelby McDaniels and Dylan Fox correctly guessed the amount of sugar in Mountain Dew as well as in various other drinks.

The educators also talked about the recommended sugar limits daily for men, women and children. Women should limit themselves to 24 grams a day, as should kids. Men can have up to 36 grams of sugar.

Gabbert said, “When you go over that, you are putting yourself at risk for a lot of chronic diseases. You start to see heart disease, diabetes, stroke, all of those things.
What we found is that having drinks with a lot of added sugars, it’s like putting bad gasoline in your car,” she said. “You

might not see anything outside but inside it is making changes and ruining the engine.

Josh Grant with the West Virginia Department of Education oversees health education and physical education for the state and talked about the importance of making good nutrition choices starting with breakfast and moving into lunch, dinner and snack options. 

He also stressed physical activity.

“Making healthy nutrition to eat right and then following it

What is the best exercise you can do?

Students answered everything from running and swimming to push-ups.

So, what’s the answer?

“The best exercise is the one you do,” he said. “The one that is going to let you put down your game console, put down your iPad, put down your phone and get off the coach and move.

Grant led the students in a quick exercise routine that they could replicate at home.

School counselor Katie Yeager led Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s efforts to get a $20,000-plus Non-Traditional Feeding Program grant in conjunction with the Upshur County School’s Child Nutrition Program.

The grant is providing for shelving and food to start the pantry as well as funding for a wellness speaker and promotion of that program.

Starting today, the high school will begin distributing wellness packs to any students who signed up for one.

The packs will go home each Friday.

For Thanksgiving break, the packs will include two dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts, a fruit, vegetable, two snacks and two drinks.

The freshmen health class picked the water bottle that all students were to receive Thursday. Student council representatives picked the logo, according to Yeager.


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