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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

From http://www.publichealthadvocacy.org

California Soda Warning Label Bill Thwarted Again in Senate

California, New York, and Baltimore are all attempting to pass legislation that will require sugar-sweetened beverages to display a label that warns consumers about the risks of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay that added sugars cause. Unfortunately, on January 12th California senate failed to pass SB-203 , which would have required all drinks with 75 Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 1/13/2016

Quality of Public Open Spaces and Recreational Walking In a paper published by the American Journal of Public Health, researchers claim that building one high-quality local park may be more effective in promoting recreational walking than providing many average-quality parks. We think that an even better option would be providing many high quality local parks! Continue reading