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Teens can give up soda to reduce calories

ATLANTA, June 16 (UPI) -- Almost 75 percent of U.S. high school students drink at least one glass of water a day, but many drink sugary drinks as well, health officials say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Thursday says high school students were asked during the seven days before the survey and 42 percent say they drank one or more glasses of milk daily and 30.2 percent drank 100 percent fruit juices daily.

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During the seven days before the survey, 16.1 percent say they drank a serving of a sports drink and 16.9 percent drank a serving of another sugar-sweetened beverage.

The report also says white students were more likely than black students and Hispanic students to drink both water and milk daily, while Hispanic students were more likely than black students to drink milk daily.

The CDC analyzed data from the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study, which included a school-based survey that measured dietary behaviors among a nationally representative sample of U.S. high-school students.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugars in the diet of U.S. youth and an easy place to reduce calories to guard against obesity, health officials say.

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