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Is the new water campaign all wet?

The Lake Forest City Council approved first reading new water fee thwould increase fixed-rate costs across-the-board generate an estimated $320000

The Lake Forest City Council approved first reading of a new water fee that would increase fixed-rate costs across-the-board and generate an estimated $320,000 in revenue for the city. | FILE PHOTO

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Updated: September 24, 2013 6:38PM

As part of the Let’s Move campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Wisconsin last week to urge everyone to drink more water. She stopped in Watertown — get it — to be exact.

But is that really the problem?

It’s true, that what we often think is hunger actually is thirst. When a headache starts, a glass of water can be the solution to what was dehydration.

Yet while Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, thinks the idea of promoting water as a beverage is a good one, “we hope that people will take that advice to mean that they should drink less soda,” he said in a statement issued last week.

Chris Powell, host and trainer of “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” said that there is one contestant every season who actually was eating well. Their downfall? Soda. “They literally drank themselves to 300-400 pounds,” he says, and usually are pre-diabetic or suffering with diabetes when they come to him.

So cool it with the soft drinks. The sugary ones are loaded with empty calories and there have been studies that say even the sugar-free varieties kick off the urge for more sweets.

Less soda, more water. Now that’s a slogan we can get behind.

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