LET'S MAKE OUR FOOD HEALTHIER

Our communities are drowning in a swamp of unhealthy junk food and beverages, leading to an epidemic of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and tooth decay. Added sugars in our food and drinks are a major threat to public health. And healthy food can be expensive and hard to find in many places.

Healthy Food America is on the frontlines of the fight to ensure that all people have access to healthy, nutritious food and are less exposed to unhealthy junk foods.

We support community leaders across the nation who are advocating for policies and strategies like soda taxes and healthy food incentives to make healthy eating easier for all Americans.

We share the latest research and cutting edge policy and advocacy strategies so advocates can act on the best information and science to drive change in policy, food environments and industry practices. Read more about us.

SODA TAXES WORK

A tax on sugary drinks can raise revenue for programs communities want and reduce consumption of an unhealthy product. Learn more!


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How much sugary drinks are Americans gulping? Who is drinking them? What are the trends in consumption of types of sugary drinks? Find out by reading the new Healthy Food America report: “Sugary Drinks in America: Who’s Drinking What and How Much?” Our report is a unique compilation of the latest data from multiple sources that paints the picture of sugary drink consumption in the US.

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In the wake of two recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing increased rates of obesity and high sodium intake, three leading health advocates have proposed a seven-pronged approach to preventing diet-related conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. 

The plan, published as a Viewpoint in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, calls for taxing sugary drinks, reducing sodium in packaged foods, instituting front-of-package nutrition labeling, providing subsidies for low-income people to buy healthy food, and other health-promoting measures.

Dietary factors were associated with more than 529,000 deaths in 2016 in the United States, making them the leading risk factor for mortality, according to the authors, citing the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators.

“Given the substantial effects that diet has on chronic diseases, an ambitious, multipronged effort to reshape the food environment so that healthy foods are readily accessible and exposure to unhealthy foods is limited is worthy of much greater public investment and advocacy,” write Healthy Food America executive director James Krieger, CSPI senior scientist and co-founder Michael F. Jacobson, and Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

The paper is available here.

In this issue:

  • Identifying Financially Sustainable Pricing Interventions to Promote Healthier Beverage Purchases in Small Neighborhood Stores
  • Review of 100% Fruit Juice and Chronic Health Conditions: Implications for Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Policy
  • The Short-Term Impacts of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax on Beverage Consumption
  • Science organisations and Coca-Cola’s ‘war’ with the public health community: insights from an internal industry document
  • Tackling Obesity and Disease: The Culprit Is Sugar; the Response Is Legal Regulation
  • The negative impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on children’s health: an update of the literature
  • Equity impacts of price policies to promote healthy behaviours
  • The State of US Health, 1990-2016: Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Among US States
  • The association of flavored milk consumption with milk and energy intake, and obesity: A systematic review
  • Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999–2016

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