Sip Smart! BC™ Lesson 2 activities start building a knowledge base upon which subsequent informed selection of healthy drink choices might be made. A discussion of food groups helps students recognize drinks that constitute healthy drink choices and examination of labels on real-size drink cut-outs provide a strategy for identifying the amount of sugar in some drinks. A goal setting activity involves analysis and reflection of class-level data as reported in Sip Smart! BC™ Drink Diaries.

Key Messages

  • Some drinks don’t fit into the four food groups in Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide or Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Metis.
  • Drink water – it’s always a great choice!
  • The number and size of servings we drink affect the amount of sugar we consume.
  • Knowing what is in drinks helps us to make healthy choices.


  • To recognize that sugary drinks do not contain enough nutritional value to fit into one of the 4 food groups.
  • To discuss the importance of drinking water.
  • To discuss the implications of the drinks reported by the class.
  • To determine and report how many cubes/teaspoons of sugar are in various drinks.
  • To use nutrition labels to find information about sugar in drinks.
  • To distinguish drinks with naturally occurring sugars from those with added sugars.
  • To identify different names for sugar.

Activities (please click to download individual activities)