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Latino kids ages 0-5 consumption of sugary drinks is higher than the overall average, which is part of the reason they are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers.

How can sugary drink consumption be eliminated?

Pricing disincentives, such as sugary drink taxes, have been proposed to lower consumption of sugary drinks—including soda, sports and energy drinks, fruit juices and fruit drinks that contain less than 100 percent juice, and flavored milk—in several jurisdictions, with many earmarking the new revenues for obesity prevention and health promotion.

Pricing incentives include subsidization of healthier beverages and exemption of healthier beverages like bottled water from state sales taxes.

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Sugary Drinks: What‘s New?

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SA! Resource Chancellor Confirms Sugary Beverage Tax

Sugary drink taxes and other policy restrictions on sugary drinks are growing in popularity across the globe to help reduce sugar intake in order to decrease rising obesity levels. Now British Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a two-tier levy of 18 pounds on drinks that have five grams of sugar per 100ml and the higher 24-pound … Read more

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SA! Change Santa Fe May Set Special Election for May 2nd on Vote about Sugary Drinks Tax

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Many supporters and opposers of the newly proposed 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages stood in lines for hours to voice their opinions about whether the governing body should put the question before voters during May’s special election. Supporters of the tax, like Paul Gibson wanted the special election, explaining that it is a worthy investment … Read more

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SA! Change New Ban on Soda for EBT Card Holders Is in Discussion

United States

Soda’s, sweet teas, energy drinks, and sugary beverages of all types have been the uproar of news lately as many cities across the nation are considering sugary beverage taxes to reduce high rates of type 2 diabetes, obesity and other related diseases. Now lawmakers in various states including Tennesse, Florida, and Michigan are considering a … Read more

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SA! Resource Webinar on Insights on Soda Tax Victories

Are you working to pass a tax on sugary drinks in your community, considering whether to pursue one or counseling others on how to get one adopted? Do you want to learn what it took to field and win tax campaigns? This one-hour webinar is for you. Panelists will share lessons learned from both ballot … Read more

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SA! Change New Poll Shows Illinoisans Support Sugary Drinks Tax

United States

Although the topic of taxing sugary drinks in Illinois to help balance the state budget is not off the table since January. A recent poll taken by the American Heart Association shows that over 50% of respondents showed support for a tax on sugary drinks. In fact, according to the AHA poll, over 70% of the 800 … Read more

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SA! Resource Salud America! Gets $1.5M to Develop Culturally Tailored Content to Fuel Healthy Changes that Reduce Latino Childhood Obesity

Salud America! The RWJF Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children has received a one-year, $1.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to develop culturally tailored educational content and tools that empower people to work for policy changes to help Latino children grow up healthy. Salud America!, established in 2007 and … Read more

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SA! Resource Study Shows Mexico Soda Tax Decreases Consumption

Two years after Mexico implemented a soda tax, sugary drink consumption has decreased shows a new study. According to the researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Jacobson, the taxes are decreasing soda purchases as … Read more

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SA! Resource New Resource on Feeding Guidelines For Infants & Toddlers

New guidelines are out from Healthy Eating Research (HER) for Health Professionals on infant and toddler feeding. Evidence shows that the first 1,000 days or the period from conception to age two for children are critical in obesity prevention. Many Latino children often deal with unhealthy weights due to more consumption of sugary drinks, less … Read more

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SA! Change Soda Tax Proposal Pops Up In Seattle

United States

After other cities like Santa Fe and Wisconsin across the country are looking towards cutting back on obesity and funding health or education programs with a sugary beverage tax, now Seattle’s Mayor is looking towards the benefits a sugary beverage tax could bring to the city. What does the city think about it? Just from … Read more

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SA! Change Support for Santa Fe Soda Tax Still Standing Strong

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Support is still growing strong for Santa Fe’s city soda tax, where last week Mayor Javier Gonzales spoke about the benefits for pre-K funding the tax could bring in for the city. The sugary drink tax is estimated to bring in around $7 million dollars to help fund pre-kindergarten education. This week, the city committee … Read more

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SA! Change West Virginians Support Sugary Drink Tax

West Virginia

According to the Register-Herald, a poll was taken by the American Heart Association (AHA) recently showed that 60% of around 600 respondents favor taxing sugary drinks in West Virginia. From the same poll 53% West Virginians said they would support a 1 to cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks. But what could a sugary … Read more

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SA! Change Santa Fe Mayor Speaks Up for Soda Tax

Santa Fe, New Mexico

According to a local newspaper, Santa Fe New Mexican, Mayor Javier Gonzales, who proposed a soda tax policy to support pre-kinder education will speak up about this proposal and more at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center this Wednesday at the annual State of the City address. Gonzales will speak about the proposal he made … Read more

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