Will 100% fruit juice make your child gain weight?
Posted on March 23, 2017 | CNN by Jacqueline Howard
Sugar can easily sneak into the diet, both for you and for your child, even through 100% fruit juices.
Debating the merits of a soda tax, featuring HFA's Jim Krieger
Posted on March 21, 2017 | KUOW by Bill Radke
Bill Radke spoke with Dr. Jim Krieger and law professor Baylen Linnekin about the proposed tax on sugary beverages in Seattle. Dr. Krieger feels that the tax will steer people away from the unhealthy drinks and produce crucial tax revenue; Linnekin argues that this kind of taxation does little to help America's obesity epidemic while putting a tax strain on lower income communities.
Should Seattle tax sugary drinks? Here’s what the health research says — and doesn’t say
Posted on March 13, 2017 | Seattle Times by Bob Young
At the start of 2016 only one U.S. city had imposed a tax on soda and other sugary drinks: Berkeley, Calif.
By the time we ushered in 2017, six other jurisdictions had joined the club — including San Francisco, Philadelphia and Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago.
Mayor Ed Murray hopes Seattle will keep the momentum rolling. Murray has proposed a tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks, with full details to come next month when he sends legislation to the City Council.
Turning the tide away from soda in Indian Country
Posted on Feb 21, 2017 | Indian Country Today by Kim Baca
In many Southwest Native languages, there are no words for soda or its popular brands. Yet the drink has been absorbed in many traditions, often served during Pueblo feasts, community give-aways or other ceremonial events, often replacing more nutritious drinks, including water.
“Water is sacred – why don’t we drink it?” asked Andrea Pepin, Zuni Youth Enrichment Project nutrition education coordinator, during the Notah Begay III Foundation’s first Healthy Beverage Summit on February 8 tackling the issue of the high intake of sugary drinks among Native youth.
Pepin said that it was colonization that likely has made so many Native Americans think of soda as the go-to beverage. “It’s time to decolonize your drink,” she said, quoting another colleague.
Philadelphia’s Soda Sellers Say Tax Has Reduced Sales by as Much as 50%
Posted on Feb 17, 2017 | Bloomberg by Jennifer Kaplan
Philadelphia’s six-week-old tax on sweetened beverages is already taking a toll on drink distributors and grocers, with some reporting sales drops of as much as 50 percent.
Canada Dry Delaware Valley -- a local distributor of Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Sunkist, A&W Root Beer, Arizona Iced Tea and Vita Coco -- said business fell 45 percent in Philadelphia in the first five weeks of 2017, compared with the same period last year. Total revenue at Brown’s Super Stores, which operates 12 ShopRite and Fresh Grocer supermarkets, fell 15 percent at its six retailers in the city.
“In 30 years of business, there’s never been a circumstance in which we’ve ever had a sales decline of any significant amount,” said Jeff Brown, chief executive officer of Brown’s Super Stores. “I would describe the impact as nothing less than devastating.”
Could A Tax On Sugary Drinks Really Help Save Lives?
Posted on December 16, 2016 | WFYI by Taylor Bennett
Harvard researchers say taxing sugary drinks could reduce rates of diabetes, avert vast sums in health costs and raise $41 million for community needs.
They projected the results of a 1-cent-per-ounce excise tax in 15 major cities, including Indianapolis.
“This would have effects on health care costs. Individuals with obesity have much higher health care costs. We estimate over the next decade the city of Indianapolis would be saving about 43 million dollars in health care costs because of this,” says lead researcher Steve Gortmaker.
The billion-dollar reason more cities might stand up to Coke and Pepsi
Posted on December 14, 2016 | Business Insider by Kate Taylor
A 1-cent-per-ounce soda tax could raise almost $1 billion in revenue every year if more cities implement taxes on sugary drinks, according to a new study.
On Wednesday, Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health released a study analyzing what would happen if the 15 largest US cities with the ability to pass a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks did so.
Researchers found the new laws would result in a nearly 20% drop in soda consumption in cities including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Denver. The study, which used computer modeling to project the impact of the proposed taxes, predicted that cities could generate a cumulative $942 million per year in revenue from the taxes.
A Billion Ways To Convince More Cities To Pass A Soda Tax
Posted on December 14, 2016 | Forbes by
If soda taxes were implemented in a total of 21 major U.S. cities, thousands of lives and over $1.2 billion in health care costs would be saved over 10 years, according to computer simulations created by Harvard.
In addition, nearly $1 billion in revenue would be collected each year, helping to balance local budgets and funding important community health and wellness initiatives.
The simulations, which were prepared by researchers for Harvard's CHOICES project, projected the impact of a penny-per-ounce sugary drink tax in these 15 cities where one has yet to pass: Baltimore, Charlotte, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle. The results for each of these cities, which do have the legal authority to implement a soda tax, can be found here.
Harvard study says soda tax would have health benefit if implemented in Baltimore
A tax on soda and other sugary drinks in Baltimore could help reduce diabetes and obesity in the city, while generating $25.6 million for health programs, researchers at Harvard's school of public health reported Wednesday.
The researchers, who looked at the impact of an excise tax on sugary beverages on 15 major cities, said all would see significant health and economic benefits.
The study was commissioned by Healthy Food America, an advocacy group that promotes such taxes.
"We are hoping that by showing the potential significance of this, more people will consider a tax in their communities," said Jim Krieger, executive director of Healthy Food America.
Las Vegas could gain $25.2M in revenue from soda tax, report says
Posted on December 14, 2016 | Las Vegas Review Journal by Pashtana Usufzy
The city of Las Vegas could reap major benefits from a tax on sugary beverages, including about $25.2 million in annual revenue, according to a report published Wednesday.
The report by Harvard public health researchers and Healthy Food America, a nonprofit group that advocates against added sugars in foods, used computer modeling to project the impact of a tax of 1 cent per ounce on sugary soft drinks in 15 major cities with the ability to implement such taxes.