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The American Heart Association’s New Recommendations on Added Sugar for Children

Last week the journal Circulation published the American Heart Association’s scientific statement “Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children”. They’ve taken a bold new position on sugar consumption: children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day, and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week. Bolder still, Continue reading

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Reducing Unhealthy Marketing

We support the elimination of  exposure to marketing of foods of low nutritional value to children. We also encourage the reduction of TV and other screen time for children 0-5. Exposure to unhealthy marketing in television and other materials can lead to unhealthy habits. Companies that market soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and other high-calorie Continue reading

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Philly Becomes Second American City to Tax Soda

On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council approved a ground-breaking new strategy to fund public amenities while preventing the consumption of excessive added sugar: they taxed soda! Here are some of the details of the new law as reported by philly.com: The city will begin collecting the tax on January 1st, 2017 The tax adds 1.5-cents per-ounce Continue reading

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Coca Cola Breaks its Pledge Not to Market to Kids

Dismayingly, but not surprisingly, The Coca Cola Company frequently violates their own pledge to no longer market to children. The policy on their website sounds nice at face value, but is vague enough to allow them to continue directing advertising efforts to young children: ”We have a global Responsible Marketing Policy that covers all our Continue reading