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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! Change Fruit Juice Banned in Primary Schools to Cut Obesity in Scotland

LAtino health sweetened sugary beverages juice

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Sweetened sugary beverages are the main sources of excess sugar consumption and are associated with decreased water, fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as increased risk for obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Parents in the Tayside area of Scotland expressed their concerns about the excess sugar given to toddlers in the form of fruit … Read more

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SA! Change Salvation Army in Chattanooga Helps Residents ‘Beat the Heat’

Chattanooga, Tennessee

With temperatures this summer reaching into the triple digits in many cities across the country, staying hydrated is crucially important for everyone. In many low-income and Latino neighborhoods, this becomes problematic, as access to clean drinking water is not always readily available. In Chattanooga, Tenn. (5.41% Latino population), the city’s branch of the Salvation Army … Read more

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SA! Change Real Estate Agency Raises Money to Install Water Bottle Filling Stations in Schools

Latino Health Water Station

Newport-Mesa Unified School District, California

Kristin Barry, a partner and broker at Arbor Real Estate in Newport Beach, California (7.2% Latino), wanted schools to have clean, cool, filtered water for students to refill their water bottles and reduce waste that ended up in the ocean.  Drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated is an important part of staying healthy for … Read more

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SA! Change Seattle Talks Soda Taxes

Seattle, Washington

May 17th this year (2017) is the when Seattle will propose an ordinance to tax sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, juice, and sweetened teas at two cents per ounce for distributors. Like many of the cities working to decrease health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks, Seattle hopes to deter sugary drink consumption, … Read more

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SA! Change New Policy on Kids Meals Drinks for SF!

Santa Clara County, California

Congrats to San Francisco’s new ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors ensuring all kids menus will not longer include sugar-sweetened beverages. This is a win for Latino kids, why? Regular consumers of sugary beverages have a 26 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes, and research shows that about 74% of Latino kids have had … Read more

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SA! Resource New White Paper on Health, Behavioral Design, and the Built Environment

Latino health physical activity behavioral design

Food and physical activity are both continuous and cumulative habits. Small changes every day can drastically improve your health and quality of life. However, the built world, whether intentional or not, influences the human experience. Many people live and work in places that impede or reduce physical activity and sell or promote unhealthy food. The National … Read more

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SA! Change Massachusetts Hospitals Ask Lawmakers for Sugary Drink Tax


As more and more cities are looking towards soda taxes to help reduce chronic health risks associated with sugary drink consumption, Massachusetts hospitals are now in talks with lawmakers about a soda tax to help fund improving children’s health in the state. “I think it’s a good idea. If it promotes good health for people, … Read more

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SA! Resource The Soda Tax in Berkley Shows Success!

Girl drinking from drinking fountain in park.

Congrats to the newly released study of the Berkeley soda tax, a joint effort of the Public Health Institute and the University of North Carolina covering over 15 million supermarket transactions which show that the Berkeley soda tax is working!  Soda sales have been down by 10%, and water and milk sales have gone up! Residents are … Read more

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SA! Change Doctor Yum Makes Healthy Eating Easy For Families

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Dr. Nimali Fernando, aka “Doctor Yum” is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, after seeing kids whose body mass index fell into higher percentiles, she realized many families needed nutrition education. Working with many families in her practice she found out kids eating practices within her practice were unhealthy and she began to see another … Read more

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SA! Change Exciting News! The Bronx Healthy Beverage Zone Project Moves Forward

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What is considered a “healthy beverage zone”? A sugary drinks-free zone! The Healthy Beverage Zone (HBZ) is a first of its kind, borough-wide effort to eliminate sugary-sweetened beverages (SSBs) at work sites, health centers, hospitals, houses of worship and schools, affecting all who work, live, and visit the Bronx. The initiative that has already received … Read more

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SA! Resource Take Action for Water!

Girl drinking from drinking fountain in park.

Water Wellness Alert!!! Did you know that between 50-75% of your body is made of water? Drinking enough water to keep your body hydrated is an important part of staying healthy for kids and adults. One of the simplest ways that we can make sure that kids are drinking adequate water (and skipping the sugar-sweetened … Read more

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SA! Change Connecticut State Looks Into Soda Tax

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Connecticut would be the first State to consider a statewide soda tax if conversations continue. Cities like Berkely and Philadelphia have passed a tax and have already seen progress in terms of reducing soda consumption and improving funding for education and public health initiatives. For Connecticut, the conversation around soda taxes began back in 2014 … Read more

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SA! Resource How Can Businesses Impact the Obesity Problem?

Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern in the United States. About 12.7 million children and adolescents aged 2–19 years, or 17 percent of the population, have obesity. For minorities, the statistics are even more troubling. Nearly 40% of Latino children are overweight or obese (higher rates than both white and black children), placing … Read more

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