Category: HoCo Unsweetened

Here's what happens when Maryland teens take on a global giant

by HocoUnsweetened on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 08:18:15 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened, News

If you try to trick teens in Howard County, Maryland, don’t be surprised if they call your corporate office with better ideas. Or break up with you in front of tens of thousands of people. Or inflate a giant red soda can outside your window.   Yes, seriously.  Those are all real stunts by real Maryland teens who are do... {Read More}

Score One for Mom: Houseguests Bearing Sugar — A Follow-Up

by HocoUnsweetened on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 01:23:55 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened

It’s been a month. Any luck kicking sugary drinks to the curb when visitors or family members show up with the sticky stuff? Any crafty strategies you want to share? I’ll go first. My son’s birthday was a few weeks ago. We were vacationing at the beach with family. That’s two sugar triggers working against me:... {Read More}

Soda Pop Psychology

by HocoUnsweetened on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 07:36:01 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened

Hi, I’m L. Cline, a Maryland mom, here to share with you a recent experiment I call “Soda Pop Psychology.” It happened, kind of by accident, during a recent lunch gathering at our house… Picture this: three kids horsing around (baseball, basketball, a little break-dancing) for an hour before bowling o... {Read More}

Wishing You a Happy (and Unsweetened) Valentine’s Day!

by HocoUnsweetened on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:40:16 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened, Holidays

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the ones we love.  While Cupid lets his arrows fly, we deliver cards, send flowers…and usually, indulge with lots and lots of sugar. As you’re planning your family’s Valentine’s Day celebration, consider the day as an opportunity to introduce your kids to new tradi... {Read More}

Standing Up for Healthy Options in HoCo School Vending Machines

by HocoUnsweetened on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 05:59:49 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened

Our goal at Howard County. Unsweetened. is to make it easier for parents and kids to make better beverage choices. Plain and simple. When we launched the campaign in December 2012, our mission was welcomed and supported by leaders across the county, including: Dr. Renee Foose, Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Maura Rossman, Count... {Read More}

Teaming Up to Serve Healthy Options

by HocoUnsweetened on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 03:32:01 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened

Kids in Howard County are back in school –let fall activity begin! From racing to get to school on time to after school pick-ups and sports practice drop-offs, Howard County families are constantly on the go. As schedules get hectic, this is an important time to remind ourselves and our families of the importance of making better be... {Read More}

A Party Without Sugary Drinks – Just as Sweet

by HocoUnsweetened on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:18:23 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened

For many kids, parties are a sugar extravaganza. From cake and ice cream to candy-filled goody bags, sweet treats often rule the day. And do you know another major source of sugar at a birthday celebration? You guessed it, sugary drinks. According to, one 12-ounce serving of a carbonated sweetened soft drink contains the eq... {Read More}

Hidden Sugars in Flavored Milk – Are They Necessary?

by HocoUnsweetened on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:36:58 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened

Although soda takes the most blame in the sugary drink debate, it isn’t the only sugary drink culprit. Often, you may think you’re choosing a low-sugar option when, in fact, you’re still loading up on the sweet stuff. Take milk, for example. Milk is full of important vitamins but, if it’s flavored, it can also be ... {Read More}

What This Campaign Means to Me

by HocoUnsweetened on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:03:53 PM

Category: HoCo Unsweetened

Despite numerous other alternatives, sugary drinks are everywhere. At parties, youth sporting events, and even at school. As a mom, I’m concerned about how these sugary drinks are affecting my children— the empty calories, how they affect sleep and attention spans, cause cavities, and increase the potential for obesity and li... {Read More}

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