The Health Department is launching a new awareness campaign, which debuts in the subway system this morning. In the spirit of last year's "Pouring On the Pounds" campaign, it urges New Yorkers to consider what goes into a large serving of sweetened soda. The answer: a shocking 26 packets of sugar. The campaign comes amid indications that New Yorkers are starting to cut back on the nation's leading source of excess calories. The Health Department reported today that the proportion of New York City adults consuming one or more sugary drinks each day declined by about 12% between 2007 and 2009.

The decline is a sign of progress in New York City's prolonged battle against obesity - but the battle is far from over. Sugared beverages still add millions of empty calories to New Yorkers' diets each year, and roughly 3 out of 5 New Yorkers are overweight or obese.

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