Rethink Your Drink This Summer for a Healthier You

Paris, TN —Learn how to reduce sugar intake and improve overall health this summer by checking out Henry County Medical Center and the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation’s social media platforms and website with tips and strategies to “Rethink Your Drink.”

The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (PHCHF) was selected in 2019 to receive the two year Project Diabetes grant through the State of Tennessee, Department of Health. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee. The project utilizes funds to better the community, promote healthy living and encourage preventative diabetes behaviors.  One of the initiatives of the program in Henry County is to provide information on choosing healthy foods and beverages.  Our “Rethink Your Drink” initiative provides just that for families this summer.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says almost half of all sugar consumed in the country comes from sugary drinks such as soda, energy and sports drinks. Added sugars can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Water is beneficial in staying hydrated and feeling refreshed. “Rethink Your Drink” social media initiative serves as a reminder to eliminate unnecessary sugars and build healthier habits.

“We are so fortunate to have received this grant in Henry County”, said Lori Stambaugh, Interim Project Manager and Community Educator at HCMC. “We are hoping this initiative will help to lower our obesity and diabetes rates through promoting healthier lifestyle choices such as more physical activity and healthier beverage choices.”

Here are a few tips on making smart beverage choices:

  • Choose water, seltzer water, or unflavored skim or 1% milk.
  • For a quick, easy, and inexpensive thirst quencher, carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day.
  • Serve water with meals.
  • Don’t “stock the fridge” with sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.
  • Make water more exciting by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or watermelon, or drink sparkling water.
  • Add a splash of 100% fruit juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
  • Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.

Be on the lookout for how Project Diabetes is impacting your neighborhood and take advantage of the improvements coming to Henry County over the next two years. The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation encourages you to visit the Mobile Farmer’s Market, take time out every week to read and ride, bring a refillable water bottle to the park, or gather a friend to walk with each day.

To learn more about the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, go to our website at or call 731-644-8215.

About the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation

The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994. The Foundation was established to enhance and improve the health of all citizens of Henry County through philanthropic support of the programs and services of Henry County Medical Center. There is a particular emphasis placed on wellness education, community outreach, scholarships for students pursuing a health care career, and support of health improvement programs that otherwise could not be implemented.

About Henry County Medical Center
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: