Strategies to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and increase water access and intake among young children: Perspectives from expert stakeholders

Kelsey A. Vercammen, Johannah M. Frelier, Caitlin M. Lowery, Alyssa Moran, Sara N Bleich

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ObjectivesTo summarize stakeholder recommendations and ratings of strategies to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption and increase water access and intake among young children (0-5 years).DesignTwo online surveys: survey 1 asked respondents to recommend novel and innovative strategies to promote healthy beverage behaviour; survey 2 asked respondents to rank each of these strategies on five domains (overall importance, feasibility, effectiveness, reach, health equity). Open-ended questions were coded and analysed for thematic content.SettingUsing a snowball sampling approach, respondents were invited to complete the survey through an email invitation or an anonymous listserv link. Of the individuals who received a private email invitation, 24 % completed survey 1 and 29 % completed survey 2.SubjectsSurvey 1 (n 276) and survey 2 (n 182) included expert stakeholders who work on issues related to SSB and water consumption.ResultsSix overarching strategies emerged to change beverage consumption behaviours (survey 1): education; campaigns and contests; marketing and advertising; price changes; physical access; and improving the capacity of settings to promote healthy beverages. Labelling and sugar reduction (e.g. reformulation) were recommended as strategies to reduce SSB consumption, while water testing and remediation emerged as a strategy to promote water intake. Stakeholders most frequently recommended (survey 1) and provided higher ratings (survey 2) to strategies that used policy, systems and/or environmental changes.ConclusionsThe present study is the first to assess stakeholder opinions on strategies to promote healthy beverage consumption. This knowledge is key for understanding where stakeholders believe resources can be best utilized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • Children's health
  • Healthy beverages
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Water consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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