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AAP and AHA recommend policy changes to reduce sugary drink consumption. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) support federal, state, and local policy changes to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, particularly among children and adolescents. Options include increasing prices with an excise tax-a strategy that has reduced cigarette and alcohol use among young people, according to both groups. Other proposals include reducing marketing of sugary drinks to this age group with federal and state support, and instituting policies that make healthy drinks the "easier or default choice" in children's menus and other settings. U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that added sugars should make up less than 10% of total calories, but they currently account for 17% of calories consumed by U.S. children and adolescents. Almost half of added sugars come from sugary drinks. Read more in the April issue of Pediatrics.