The Columbia-based Horizon Foundation, with the help of Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and other organizations, launched a campaign against childhood obesity and the consumption of sugary drinks Tuesday outside of Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City.
The kick-off event, called "Dump That Sugar," was punctuated with the dumping of 9.6 tons of white sand in the school's parking lot, at the command of Burleigh Manor students.
According to #ABAGMember Horizon Foundation President and CEO Nicole Highsmith-Vernick, the campaign — dubbed "Howard County. Unsweetened." — is focused on creating awareness among parents about the hazards of sugary drinks.