The choice of drink can have a big impact on well-being, so the City of Evanston and NorthShore University HealthSystem are joining forces to help those who live, work, and play in Evanston sip their way to better health.

A “ReThink Your Drink” campaign encouraging people to drink more water and fewer sugar-sweetened beverages launched today with celebratory toasts at the City’s Health Department in the Morton Civic Center.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Health and Human Services Director Evonda Thomas-Smith, NorthShore University HealthSystem pediatrician Lynn Chehab, M.D., and other Evanston leaders raised glasses of fruit- or herb-infused water and pledged to drink more water and fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.

The goal of the ReThink Your Drink campaign is to improve the health of the Evanston community by raising awareness of the benefits of consuming drinks without added sugar.

“This is such an important issue. There is no doubt that the over-consumption of refined sugars contributes to a whole host of serious health problems” said Dr. Chehab. “We want to make people aware of this and also let them know there are fun and tasty alternatives to sugary drinks.”

Dr. Chehab’s Sugar Show has been a popular presentation at Evanston schools, including Chute Middle School, and was featured on WGN-TV. She will take her show on the road to visit many other Evanston schools throughout the year as part of the ReThink Your Drink campaign.