Students from Washington Elementary in Reedley listened as Jason Wara (left) and Michael Flores (right) talked about health and fitness on the morning of March 8.

Michael Flores, a health education specialist with Fresno County's Department of Health, held up a vial full of sugar on the morning of March 8.

Flores was showing the class of fourth graders from Washington Elementary School how much sugar is in energy drinks. 

"Who here drinks energy drinks?" Flores asked the students.

"Me, me, I do!" replied the group. 

"You really shouldn't be," he added. "Look at how much caffeine and sugar is in these you guys. 

And this, [holding up another other vial filled to the brim with sugar] this is the amount of sugar in just a regular soda. 

The students then gazed at the vial in amazement and disbelief. 

"We want to make sure we're drinking some water, alright?" he said. "We want to make sure we're staying healthy, that we're staying hydrated."

Flores was visiting the Reedley Jefferson Adventist Health Clinic along with Jason Wara. 

Wara is a Project Specialist with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and the Champions for Change program. 

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