Tooth decay is a major public health problem in American Indian and Alaska Native children. This problem often comes from drinking too much added sugar, especially from popular sugared fruit drinks like Tang and Kool-Aid.
The goal of this study is to learn if a community health program can help Yup’ik children in the Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Delta region of Alaska to drink less sugary drinks and have fewer cavities. The community program will educate Yup’ik caregivers about the harmful effects of sugared fruit drinks and assist families to obtain sugar-free fruit drinks right in their community.
This community-based program focuses on improving nutrition among Alaska Native populations. The results can benefit the study communities in the YK Delta and other vulnerable communities that face similar types of problems caused by added sugar intake.
For questions or additional information, please contact:
Joshua Orack, Research Coordinator