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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 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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SA! Change Health Warning Labels Proposed for Sugary Sports Drinks


In California, a new bill to warn consumers of the sugars in sports drinks is making its way before the senate health committee in late March or early April, according to The Californian. “The State of California continues to see a rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes among its residents and it is occurring … Read more

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SA! Change Arkansas House of Representatives Passed Bill Aligning Food Stamps With Other Health Initiatives

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Obesity rates in Arkansas (7.2% Latino) have been on the rise. Excessively sugary foods and drinks increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and other chronic diseases. According to our research review, Latinos and people living in poverty are more likely to consume excessively sugary foods and drinks. To address poor nutrition, the … Read more

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SA! Resource CSPI Calls Out Chili’s For Soda on Kids’ Menus

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is asking for your help to ensure Chili’s removes soda from kids’ menus. Latino kids, who are often more marketed sodas than their white peers consume more sugary drinks than their white peers, where 74% of Latinos have had a sugary drink by age two. Research also … Read more

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SA! Change Robla School District Gets Hydration Stations & Healthy Walking Program!

Robla Elementary School District, California

After United Way’s Young Leaders Society, the Robla School District and the Health Education Council helped raise over $25,000 dollars to provide hydration stations at each school in the Robla School District (54% Latino), the district went a step further for health, literally. How? In the fall of 2015, after the Health Education Council met … Read more

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SA! Change Vote Goes Up For Santa Fe’s Soda Tax

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Today, February 8th, 2017,  the City Business and Quality of Life Committee which includes two persons, Mike Harris and Signe Lindell, is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. to consider the 2-cents-per ounce tax proposed by Mayor Javier Gonzalez. The meeting today will not be a public meeting but the full council is purposed to meet … Read more

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SA! Change Vending Machines Must Show Calories Now!

United States

Do the vending machines in your workplace, school, or city have calorie labels posted on food items? If not, they should, as the law passed by congress in March 2010 has now been in effect for over 5 million vending machines across the nation since December 1, 2016. Vending machines that are owned or operated by vendors … Read more

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SA! Resource Celebrate National Drinking Water Alliance’s “Go for H20”!

Clean, accessible water is vital to the health of children, especially when it comes to reducing consumption of sugary beverages and keeping kids healthy throughout the school day. The National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA) is a national coalition of nonprofits, academic institutions, individuals and advocates who are working to ensure all children have access to … Read more

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SA! Change Utah Hospital Changes Policy for Healthier Vending


Aiming to mirror their mission “to help people live the healthiest lives possible”, Intermountain Healthcare is removing all sugary beverages, candies and less healthy snacks from it’s vending machines. Many nationwide health systems have also adopted similar policies including, Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. From March 1st of this year, snacks that have added sugars, salts, … Read more

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SA! Resource No Free Soda Refills For France

In efforts to help decrease the rising obesity rates in France, the government has banned all fast-food restaurants, including many American chain restaurants from giving consumers free soda refills. Targeted to the youth, who are facing rising rates of diabetes, the law is working to limit consumption of sugary beverages, which has shown through research to … Read more

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SA! Change Update: Illinois Backs Out on Sugary Beverage Tax


All the tax talk on sugary beverages that happened in January to help offset the state’s Medicaid expenses and provide for obesity prevention, is now “off the table” according to WPSD 6 news. In a state where the majority of adults are overweight and 1 in 3 children in the state are considered obese or overweight, … Read more

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SA! Resource $6 Million Dollar Grant For Obesity Research

Two projects from the Keck School of Medicine of University of South California National Institutes of Health for obesity research have been awarded funding to support research focused on preventing and treating obesity-related fatty liver disease in Latinos. Michael Goran, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine, co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute and director … Read more

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SA! Change Update: Sugary Beverage Tax Refined for Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

After a new policy for a sugary drink tax was proposed by Mayor Javier Gonzales and questioned by the city council, Mayor Gonzales reminded Santa Fe City Council to consider the 2-cent-per-ounce tax to fund preschool education this last Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. Health is a factor in bringing the tax to the city, but … Read more

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SA! Change Denver Calls Out The Hidden Sugars With a New Health Campaign

Denver, Colorado

Healthy Beverage Partnership (HBP), an initiative facilitated by Denver Public Health, has launched a new regional marketing campaign, Hidden Sugar. The HBP is a collaboration among six Denver metro local public health and environment agencies working to reduce sugary drink consumption through organizational policy adoption at community venues. The new campaign will run throughout January … Read more

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