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Graph It Out

As the old cliché goes, a picture’s worth a thousand words.
When Leader Jennifer Barber and the folks at Arizona in ACTION wanted to explain the Grand Canyon State’s rising obesity rates at their health fair this past weekend, they decided to go big.
Working with the Goodyear Fire Department, the nonprofit constructed life-size bar graphs that visually displayed the trajectory of Arizona’s obesity rate. Less than 10 percent of Arizonans were obese in 1985; now more than 24 percent of people are considered obese.
To highlight a top reason for the dramatic increase in obesity rates, Barber and her team filled the bar graphs with empty soda cans, pointing out to fairgoers that sugar-sweetened beverages can account for a big chunk of a person’s caloric intake.
And to help Arizonans get fit, Arizona in ACTION also urged fairgoers to join Leaders like you and pledge to Kick the Can by reducing their consumption of sugary drinks such as soda. Many did, including Brenda Bernardi, who pledged because Arizona in ACTION “inspires me.”

Bernardi is in good company. Since launching the pledge last week, many of you have pledged to drink fewer sugary drinks. 
Leader Bernadette Rhodes said she’s pledging because “The fewer chemicals I put in my body, the better!” Her fellow Leader Billy Mawhiney made a simple pledge: “My body deserves better.” April Ray echoed Mawhiney’s sentiments, noting she’s pledging because “I know it's the right thing to do for me!”

And to prove that we aren’t just talk,’s Rebecca Frank and Zach Brooks also made pledges, with Rebecca pledging because she wants “to reduce my sugar intake and get healthier,” while Zach says: “Nothing beats ice cold water!”

But our favorite pledge comes from John McArdle, who says he’s pledging because “My dog will like me better if I’m healthier.”

Whatever the reason, we’re excited so many of you have pledged to curb your intake of sugary drinks.

By the way, the cans used by the Arizona in ACTION team didn’t go to waste. Many of them were donated to Jayden Robin, a young Arizonan who collects cans to raise money to help hospitalized children through his charity, JJ’s Giant Heart