November 3, 2017 – One way to address high obesity rates in Native American communities is to encourage families to drink less soda and more water. The STAR school near Leupp, Arizona is offering several incentives for students to swap out water for sugar-sweetened beverages. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales and producer Sarah Gustavus traveled to the Navajo Nation recently to examine how a lack of access to water in many homes influences beverage choices and what might be done to increase water consumption among young people.
This series was produced with support from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism in collaboration with National Native News.