Drop the Pop

Drop the Pop NWT

Drop the Pop Showcase of Ideas

All schools are encouraged to apply for Drop the Pop funding.  Teachers should consider planning classroom or school-wide activities, or host community-wide relevant nutrition-related events and programs that highlight the importance of healthy beverages.

Here are ideas from NWT teachers:

  • Join the “Drop the Pop Family Challenge.” Use resources from BC Sip Smart.
  • Trigger curiosity (inquiry-based learning). Encourage students to formulate questions and investigate the effects of sugar-sweetened beverages on health or find creative ways to reduce the consumption of sugar.
  • Host a “Drop the Pop” fair to highlight student research on water and healthy beverages. This may be held in conjunction to family fun nights at your school.
  • Explore water stewardship in the NWT: https://www.lovenwtwater.ca/
  • Schedule field trips to water treatment facility.
  • Invite Elders into the classroom to tell stories about the importance of water.
  • Use a student leadership team approach to organize school-wide nutrition-related activities related to healthy beverages.
  • Partner with another community organization such as the recreation center, health center or grocery store to find ways to market healthy beverages.

From Chief Paul Niditchie School, Tsiigehtchic

The school held a month long “Drop the Pop” family challenge. Students and their families were encouraged to keep track of pop intake by using a calendar created for dropping pop. During a school-hosted  “Drop the Pop” fair, students brought their calendars to do a math activity where each family calculated the total amount of monies saved by dropping sugary drinks. In total, Tsiigehtchic saved $1918.00 as a community!! This was a very exciting competition in our community. Local canteens noticed no one was purchasing pop and our local Northern store encouraged families and children to continue on and reminded individuals to drop the pop. Families and individuals were purchasing healthier alternative beverages. And as you may know, our community is isolated during October-November and this is the first isolation period that the community (store/canteen) had not run out of pop!

From Joseph B. Tyrell Elementary School, Fort Smith

“Why Should We Drop the Pop?” –  A school-wide inquiry project.

Students were encouraged to do the following:

  • Have a family chat about healthy lifestyle choices - that’s what Drop the Pop is all about! 
  • Come up with two questions that your family wants to know more about. 
  • Find out the answers together and let JBT know what your family learned!
  • Give your answers to the teacher by (select a date).
  • Complete a “Why Should We Drop the Pop?” form.

Sample queries from the students:

How much pop will rot my teeth?

How much sugar is there in pop?

What is pop made out of?

Who made pop? When was pop made?

Where is pop made?

Why is pop made of sugar?

Why is pop made?

How is pop made?

What if pop wasn’t made?

Is pop a good or bad invention?

I wonder how we can have strong bodies…

Will pop make you hyperactive?

I wonder if pop costs more than vegetables.

I wonder what would happen if you eat dry meat and don’t drink pop.

What if we drop the pop and eat fruit?

I wonder if sugar can make you crazy.

What should the store do about it? Should they say it is bad?

Is sugar in a food group?

Is it too sweet?

What makes it not healthy?