What We’re Reading – 6/29/16

Healthy Snack

Find Summer Meals in Your Community

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. This mapping tool created by the USDA can help families see where free summer meals for children are distributed in their communities. Within postal area 94518, there are 10 sites that offer summer meals! New sites will be added as the school year ends and throughout the summer, so check back often!

Kids may be highly influenced by athletes’ endorsement of unhealthy foods

A study in Pediatrics has concluded that most of the foods that professional athletes promote are unhealthy. In 2010, 93.4% of the beverages promoted by professional athletes had 100% of their calories come from added sugar! And according to Common Sense Media, young children aren’t capable of understanding what advertising is or how persuasive it is until they’re around eight years old.

“Professional athletes should be aware of the health value of the products they are endorsing, and should use their status and celebrity to promote healthy messages to youth,” said the study’s authors in a press release. We wholeheartedly agree.

San Francisco sets vote on soda tax amid battle on health warnings

San Franciscans will have another opportunity to vote for a soda tax this November after city officials added the measure to the fall ballot. The move comes amid San Francisco’s ongoing legal battle with the beverage industry to include warnings labels on advertisements for sugary beverages, which will inform consumers that such drinks contribute to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.