Consumption and Perception of Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Tap Water Among Latinos/as in Kings County

Julian Ponce : Public Health major, Public Policy minor

Mentor: Kristine Madsen, Public Health

Drinking potable tap water has been associated with decreased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). However, more than one million Californians primarily from low-income communities of color, lack access to potable water that meets all applicable health-based drinking water standards. Kings County, in the Central Valley, is an extreme case in terms of lack of access to potable tap water. It ranked first, among California counties, in the number of violations of health-based drinking water standards. Also, from 2005 to 2012 Kings county experienced a 5% increase in SSB consumption, while the California average decreased 11%. Juli√°n will be researching beverage consumption and perceptions of water quality in Kings County in order to understand the effects of water quality on SSB consumption. This research is essential in evaluating potential policies to prevent the upward trend in SSB consumption.