Oakland’s City Council voted unanimously to place a soda tax on the November ballot. If approved, Oakland would become the second city in the nation, after Berkeley, where a fee is charged on sugar-sweetened beverages.
In a statement, Mary Pittman, president of the Oakland-based Public Health Institute, said “It is time that big beverage companies dip into their millions of dollars of profits and help pay for the damage their products cause.”
Sugary beverages are a unique driver of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay. HAB45 supports policies that reduce availability, accessibility, and consumption of sugary drinks, particularly among children ages 0-5.
The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides funding for meals and snacks in a variety of child care, after-school, and adult day care institutions that contribute to the health and wellness of young children, older adults, and chronically impaired disabled people. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released several updates to the program that are likely to increase whole grain intake and vegetable consumption, as well as lower consumption of grain-based desserts , according to a literature review from the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods project, a collaboration between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Live Science asked childhood health experts to suggest ways that parents can help kids, from toddlers to teenagers, to get outdoors and be fit. Melinda Sothern, a professor of health promotion at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health had some particularly poignant information on getting toddlers to be physically active: “In the absence of screen time, children in this age group have an innate natural tendency to move.” Getting a toddler to move around is easy – all you have to do is not turn on the screen!