Pour One Out
Congratulations to the all of the winners of the 2012 Pour One Out Video Contest!
First Place: Just Pour One Out
Peter Sullivan & Family
The winning video "Just Pour One Out"– which included an original rap song from the Sullivan family of Nashville, Tennessee - was inspired by Peter Sullivan's own personal struggle with soda consumption. Sullivan was a self-proclaimed "sodaholic" and credits his kids, Caeley and Elijah, for convincing him to make a lifestyle change. His daughter actually said "Dad, I don't want you to be big and fat at my wedding" after Sullivan started writing the lyrics for the video and knew he needed to include the winning line. "I was surprised by how much the process changed my drinking habits," says Peter. He now feels much better, physically, after making the switch and drinks at least a gallon of water each day.
Second Place: Pour One Out...And Fill One Up
The runner-up video was produced by 5th grade students in Laurel Frederick's after school club. Frederick is an AmeriCorps member and the Science and Outdoor Education Program coordinator at Incline Elementary School in Incline Village, Nevada. The students participated in the after school club to learn about the harmful effects of sugary drinks by participating in different activities. "They (students) calculated the amount of sugar in selected drinks and did hands-on activities to help drive the point home," said Frederick. Ultimately the students collaborated to work on the video for the contest.
Third Place: One For My Boy
Third place went to Dennis Nguyen, an IT professional from St. Metairie, Louisiana who got together with a few friends to create this winning video, "One For My Boy," with a clever twist. He was inspired by childhood memories of the prominence of Kool-Aid in his neighborhood and the marketing that spurred him to buy more of the sugary drink. "I clearly remember collecting Kool-Aid points and getting into the fever of winning those prizes. Thinking back you feel like a sucker because you can see that [the points] were meant to get you to buy more Kool-Aid, so that's why I decided to lampoon it in the video."
- Cristian Barreto
- Ekaete Ekwere
- Adam Fendley
- Mitchell Lawson (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
- Drew Lee & Jared Woods (American Medical Student Association)
- William McIntosh & Mary Hardy (Students: Joshua, Joseph, and Andrew)
- Stephen Patek
- Shivani Sharma (Firefly Creative Inc. and 3 Pint Productions)
- Nicholas Staab
- Karsyn Suhadolink
The Real Bears
It wasn't so bad when soft drinks were the occasional treat. But now sugary drinks are the number one source of calories in the American diet. With one third of America overweight and another third obese, it's a wonder anyone is still swallowing what the soda companies are selling.
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