Sugar Advocacy Toolkit

Obesity remains epidemic. Diabetes is rampant and striking younger children. Heart, liver, and dental diseases afflict millions and cost billions. One key contributor to these chronic health issues: There is too much sugar in our food and beverage products. We have the facts, learn more and find information on advocating for the policies most relevant to you and your community. Read more.

Map the Movement

There’s a movement underway across the United States to reduce sugar consumption back to healthy levels. Our interactive map lets you see what’s happening and where. Read more.

Healthy Food America Publications

Research briefs, Industry Watch, fact sheets, policy profiles and policy briefs, Healthy Food America keeps abreast on the latest activity. Read more.

Research Watch

Research Watch is a monthly summary of key research findings on the impacts of sugar on health, and what strategies work to reduce excessive sugar consumption. We hope Research Watch will help you stay on top of this rapidly developing body of knowledge and inform your strategic thinking, communications, and advocacy work. Read more.


Lessons from Sugary Drink tax campaigns, watch replays and get the play-by-play of what happened from the leaders of ballot measure campaigns. Read more.

Sugar Overload Calculator

Americans are awash in added sugar and there is too much of it in our food and beverage products. It’s time to bring sugar back to healthy levels. We’ve selected some popular items that contain added sugar to help you see how quickly it adds up. Read more.

Sugary Drink Tax Equity

Sugary drink taxes are one of the most effective policies for reducing sales and purchases of sweetened beverages, which are linked to diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions that disproportionately affect people with lower incomes and BIPOC communities. A well-designed tax promotes health and social equity by benefiting the people most harmed by sugary drink consumption. Learn more about how to center taxes in equity and how taxes offer net economic benefits to low-income communities. Read more.

Compare Tax Policies

The first tax on sugary drinks in the United States high enough to impact consumption became effective in Berkeley, California in 2015. Since then, each place that instituted or pursued this policy modified its own ordinance language to fit local needs, local laws, and the growing body of knowledge about this policy in practice. Our tools let you compare tax policies across US locations. Read more.

Nutrition Incentives

Nutrition incentives are an effective strategy to make fruits and vegetables more affordable for people with lower incomes. Our reports explore the design features of nutrition incentive programs, and our Theory of Change explains how the US Department of Agriculture’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) works. Read more.
Racial Justice Actions

Food & Beverage Industry Racial Justice Actions

Food and beverage companies are among the businesses that made racial justice pledges in response to the murder of George Floyd. These companies are well-positioned to contribute to policy, system, and environment changes to further racial justice – within their companies, in the local communities in which they operate, in the food sector, and in the broader social and political sphere. However, two years later, the extent to which these companies have acted to advance racial justice is uncertain. Our report assesses the racial justice actions taken by 25 leading U.S. food and beverage companies in response to the murder of George Floyd. Read more.

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