Sunday, July 11 is free Slurpee Day at any local 7- Eleven store.
The event is from 8am to 11pm and the Slurpees are served in regular 7.11 oz cups, according to the official Slurpee website.
While free slurpees can be a great treat on a cool day, the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, NIH and first lady, Michelle Obama, have said that sugary drinks consumed often are one of the causes of the obesity epidemic in the US.
"In the area of consuming sugar-sweetened drinks, evidence is growing to suggest an association with weight gain in children and adolescents. Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks may be associated with obesity because these drinks are high in calories," according to the CDC website. The CDC offers a motto, "Rethink Your Drink," and free pamphlets about how to reduce consumption of sweetened drinks.
Free Slurpee day is a celebration of "7-11" day. Although people throughout the nation have enjoyed the icy drink for decades, few have stopped to think about the origins of the drink and the 7-Eleven Company
Originally named Southland Corporation, 7-Eleven was founded by Joe C. Thompson in 1927. The company officially switched to its present name in 1999.
What began as selling milk, eggs and bread on an ice dock in Dallas, Texas, has developed into the world’s largest chain store with more than 38,000 outlets operating around the world.
The convenience stores were called 7-Eleven stores in the beginning because they were open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Now most 7-Elevens run 24 hours a day, although this did not happen until 1962.
The Slurpee, an original product created by 7-Eleven, was introduced in 1967 and has been popular ever since.
Although no serious harm can be done by consuming sweetened beverages once in a while, it is wise to be careful about portion size and frequency of sweetened drinks.
Free Slurpee Day is now over in most US timezones. The offer ends at 11 p.m.