NT Government: Drop the Pop 2021-22 Winners Announced

Press Release

Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services, is pleased to announce 15 winners in this years’ Drop the Pop campaign.

A total of 29 NWT schools across the Northwest Territories (NWT) participated in the annual campaign created to challenge students to find innovative ways to promote healthy beverage choices.

The winning schools will be awarded prizes ranging from $500 to $2000 in recognition of their efforts in raising awareness about the importance of healthy living and positive choices.

Highlights from this year’s winners:

In the South Slave region, the Chief Sunrise Education Center on the Hay River Reserve received $2000 for inviting a guest teacher to discuss video production and for producing a video on healthy beverages.  Students also participated in cultural activities involving water.

Princess Alexandra School in Hay River received $1500 for participating in a school-wide Drop the Pop challenge using posters and linking physical activity involving water.

In the Deh Cho District Education Authority, Deh Gah Elementary and Secondary School received $1500 for providing teacher-guided lessons on healthy choices and on a poster campaign to drop sugary beverages.

In Yellowknife, Ecole St. Joseph school received $1500 to promote Drink NWT Water and to develop a Sugar Shocker display.  Students also researched the impact of plastic water bottles on the environment.

2022 marks the 16th year for the Drop the Pop campaign.


“I congratulate students across the NWT who took part in this year’s Drop the Pop challenge. Your innovations and creative ideas that advocate healthy living will show your peers how to adopt healthy lifestyles and make wholesome beverage choices.”

– Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services

Quick facts

  • Drop the Pop is an annual campaign supported by the Department of Health and Social Services that encourages students, families, schools, and communities to:
    • drink healthy beverages, especially water;
    • eat a wide variety of healthy foods from the store and from local harvests;
    • learn new skills and knowledge to be more self-sufficient, and;
    • foster long-term healthy food and beverage habits so families can maintain and/or improve their overall wellbeing.
  • This is the 16th year for the Drop the Pop campaign.
  • Sugary drinks contribute to obesity-related chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.
  • Participation in the annual Drop the Pop campaign declined this year due to Covid-19-related school disruptions.

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For media requests, please contact:

Jeremy Bird
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
1-867-767-9052 ext. 49034

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