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.


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


HFA has just updated profiles of the sugary drink taxes that are being implemented in seven US cities and Mexico. Learn more about how the taxes work, how they were adopted, how much revenue they are raising and what the revenues are being used for.

In this issue:

  • A modeling study predicts that implementing a beverage warning label would lower obesity in the three cities included in the model-Baltimore, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
  • In a randomized trial, children were more likely to select a healthy beverage with a personalized label (bottle label featuring their name)
  • A new analysis of NHANES data finds high sugar-sweetened beverage consumption accounted for 7.4% of all deaths from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes
  • A review of the scientific literature, junk food and SSB tax bills and laws, and federal taxing mechanisms concludes implementing federal junk food and SSB taxes are feasible
  • Analysis of NHANES data finds increasing BMI has reduced improvements in mortality rates
  • Analysis of NHANES data on sugar consumption among children finds added sugars (and not naturally occurring sugars), specifically added sugars in liquid form, are associated with weight gain

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