The West Virginia University Student Organization SAND, or Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, said that Americans get about 350 calories a day just from sugary drinks. Food Week kicked off by giving students one free water in exchange for one sugary drink.
"Soda is a lot worse for you than you would normally think and the chemicals in it are actually kind of dangerous," said Matt Pyster, a WVU Sophomore who stopped by the SAND table on Monday, "for example, you can defrost your windshield with Coke, which is kind of nasty."
The event kicked off Food Week at WVU to bring nutritional lifestyles to campus and to promote local food economy.
"We want students and the community around West Virginia University to really understand that it's easier to get local source foods than they might think it is," said Jess Brantner, a Graduate Assistant from the WVU Department of Human Nutrition and Foods, "There's a really big gap in food access right now and we're pretty much trying to bridge that gap in food access, as far as local products go."
SAND volunteers asked students to "Pour One Out" or trade one in, a sugary drink that is, for a free bottle of water.
Pyster said that the information he learned at the SAND table will steer him away from soda in the future.
"I was actually trying to eat a little bit healthier now anyways and finding out how bad soda actually is for you is actually going to influence that for me now. And I will start drinking less soda. Hopefully the juice that they serve in the dorms is healthy."
There are a number of events happening to celebrate Food Week at WVU. It all lead up to National Food Day on Thursday, October 24. WVU Farms provided food for a free dinner for the public at the Towers Blue and Gold Room.
If you want to know more, head over to the Food Day website.